Below you will find case studies on the following Texas school districts who chose to go solar. The case studies showcase the installations, funding sources used, cost savings realized, and ways that solar was integrated into curriculum and school culture.
- Bridgeport Independent School District
- Carroll Independent School District
- Coppell Independent School District
- Irving Independent School District
- Munday Consolidated Independent School District
- Pasadena Independent School District
- Presidio Independent School District
For more information on solar schools throughout the United States, see SEIA's "Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools Report."
Click on the links below for the details on each project, including PV capacity, annual production, cost and more!
Bridgeport Independent School District (ISD) is a public school district in Bridgeport, TX. Bridgeport ISD has 4 campuses that serve the cities of Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, and Runaway Bay. In 2010, Bridgeport ISD pursued a grant from the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to fund the installation of a large solar array at the district’s high school. In 2011, a 170 kW rooftop solar array was installed on a brand new energy-efficient roof at Bridgeport High School.
Carroll Independent School District (ISD) is located just outside of Fort Worth in Southlake, TX. Carroll ISD has 11 campuses that serves the majority of Southlake and portions of Grapevine, Colleyville, and Westlake, TX. Carroll ISD first invested in solar power in 2011 with the construction of Carroll Middle School. The campus features a 450 kW array covering 70,000 square feet of the rooftop, one of the largest school solar arrays in Texas. In 2014, Carroll ISD retrofit and upgraded the roof of Carroll High School and added an additional 500 kW solar array to the ISD’s portfolio.
Coppell Independent School District (ISD) is a public school district just northwest of Dallas in Coppell, TX. The district has 16 campuses and serves portions of Coppell, Grapevine, Irving, Valley Ranch, Dallas, and Lewisville, TX. Coppell ISD is home to the state’s first LEED Gold, net-zero elementary school, Richard J. Lee Elementary School. The school is able to sustain itself by producing as much energy as it consumes from the wind and solar energy generation occurring onsite.
Irving Independent School District (ISD) is a public school district located just outside of Dallas in Irving, TX. Irving has over 40 campuses and serves most of the City of Irving as well as small portions of Grand Prairie and Dallas. Irving ISD is home to Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, the nation’s largest net-zero middle school and the first net zero school in the State of Texas. At 150,200 square feet, the LEED Gold facility uses wind and solar power to produce as much energy as it consumes from the electric grid over a one year period.
Munday Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) is a rural school district located in Munday, TX in Knox County. The district has two campuses, Munday Elementary and Munday Secondary School. In 2010, the district received a grant through the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to install a solar energy system that would provide the students hands-on learning experiences outside the classroom.
Pasadena Independent School District (ISD) is a public school district located just outside of Houston in Pasadena, TX. Pasadena ISD has over 60 campuses which serve much of southeast Harris County, including Pasadena, South Houston, a portion of Houston, and a portion of Pearland. In a partnership with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), Pasadena ISD hosts the East Harris County Solar Initiative project of two solar installations, making up an aggregate 145 kW, that help maximize learning opportunities for students.
Presidio Independent School District (ISD) is a public school district in Presidio, TX. The ISD has 3 campuses that serve Presidio, Candelaria, Chinati, and Ruidosa, TX. Presidio ISD has become a leader in solar energy production in West Texas. The district saw the value in investing in renewable energy and is reaping the educational, environmental, and economic benefits. While undergoing budget cuts from the state, Presidio ISD turned to the abundance of West Texas sunshine as a way to enhance the district’s value and provide a long-term return on investment.