Back To School With Solar Energy – Lessons To Be Learned

The unique SANYO HIT Double® Bi-Facial Solar Panels connect two buildings on the campus.

Cupertino, CA, For Immediate Release –The students of Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, FL are learning a valuable lesson in sustainability this year, as they did for the first time last year, as a solar electric and thermal solar energy systems were installed in their new school. The unique SANYO HIT Double® Bi-Facial Solar Panels connect two buildings on the campus. They cover a walkway to provide shade from the sun and shelter from rain for the students as they collect clean energy for the school.


The Charlotte High School Solar project was designed and installed by Florida installer Harrimans Inc, - Solar Energy Solutions. Tom Harriman said of the project, "Our intention was to create a practical installation, taking into account design, functionality and energy conservation." The project consists of a Solar Photovoltaic Walkway Cover System and two Courtyard Solar Canopies. The innovative features of the system are shown in the integration of the aluminum structures, which provide a very clean and modern look, with the application of SANYO HIT Double Bi-Facial Solar Panels.

The bottom side of the HIT Double solar panels generates electricity from reflected sunlight off surrounding surfaces. Combined with the power produced from the top side, the panels can produce up to 25% more energy per square foot at the same time, providing additional energy to the system. In addition, Harrimans also installed two Commercial Solar Thermal systems, one providing hot water to the school kitchen and gymnasium on the main building, and the second one for the Field House Sport Complex.

"We were shocked to discover that Hurricane Charley had caused massive damage to Charlotte High School," said Harriman. "The students were sent to other schools as the new High School was rebuilt. One of the goals was to make this a lesson for the students as we are helping the school achieve LEED Status. The SANYO Bi-Facial panels on the walkway are not only beautiful but they are helping the environment by gathering energy from the sun!"

All three systems are data monitored and used as educational tools to the students. This project demonstrates the dedication and support to renewable energy, sending a very positive message to the students and the community about the use of clean solar energy and minimal environmental impact.

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