Lois E. Hole Elementary School Solar PV 

This project was funded through the Solar for Schools Program

St. Albert Public School District No. 5565

2023Completion Year

227.24kWInstalled Capacity

$461,550.01 Project Cost

$22,201.3Cost Savings

$226,064.50MCCAC Funding

10.6Simple Payback Period

222,013kWh/yearElectrical Energy Savings

126.55tonnes CO2e/yearGHG Reductions

Greenhouse gas emissions reductions for this project are calculated based on Alberta’s Carbon Offset Emission Factors Handbook Version 2.0


As part of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Solar for Schools Program, the St. Albert Public School Board installed a 227 kW solar PV system at Lois E. Hole Elementary School. The solar PV system will generate 222,013 kWh of electricity per year, saving the School around $22,201.3 in energy costs per year. The total project cost was $461,550.01 with almost 50% of costs covered by the Solar for Schools Program.  


The project was initiated in the Spring of 2022 and was completed in the Spring of 2023. 


The project is expected to reduce emissions from the schools by 126.55 tonnes of CO2e per year, which is equivalent to removing 28 passenger vehicles from the road. With the project now complete, education around renewable energy will be integrated into the school curriculum where students will learn how solar energy technology functions, the different types of solar PV installations, and the conversion of solar energy into electrical and thermal energy. 

A solar project provides a tangible, real-world example of how renewable energy works where children can learn about the science behind solar energy production. This, in turn, can expose students to a range of careers related to renewable energy and inspire them to pursue careers in fields such as engineering, energy management, or environmental science. Additionally, a solar project can teach students about the importance of sustainability and environmental conservation. Overall, a solar project in an elementary school can provide valuable educational opportunities for students, helping them develop skills and knowledge related to renewable energy, critical thinking, and environmental awareness, all of which are embedded in the curriculum. This is a great way for students to have a hands-on learning experience at an early age.

Kevin Jones, Principal at Lois E Hole Elementary School


Read more about the Solar for Schools Program