The Oakwood Friends School community opened Alumni Weekend 2017 with the official launch of our solar array project on Friday, May 12th at 2:30 pm. Board members, students, faculty, alumni, parents and guests from the larger community gathered to celebrate this landmark event in the greening of Oakwood’s campus. The system, online over ten months, has already generated over 700,000 kWh of electricity. Sized to offset 100% of Oakwood’s annual electrical consumption the array continuously, cleanly and sustainably produces enough energy to support our campus’ 22 buildings and a community of over 200 faculty and students who call Oakwood home day and night.

Fred Doneit, board member and former clerk of the Property Committee, spoke about the significance of this occasion: “This project emerged from visionary thinking among our senior administrators and members of the board’s Property Committee – thinking fostered by shared values of energy efficiency and sustainability, and a readiness to think decades past the school’s near-term needs.

Head of School, Chad Cianfrani, spoke about the benefits of the project: “As part of a multi-year focus on sustainability and stewardship in action, this project does more than provide clean, renewable energy. The Oakwood array provides a focal point for countless educational opportunities within our Middle School, Upper School and local community. The array serves as a backdrop for outdoor classroom space and neighborhood outreach programs. This ar¬ray is also a wonderful example of sustainable energy production which is both economically beneficial and environmentally responsible."

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