Joseph A. Craig Elementary unveiled its solar energy system last month, making it the second school investing in the switch to solar under the New Orleans Solar School Initiative (NOSSI). The Treme school, which reopened in 2008 following a $15.5 million renovation necessitated by Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, is now partially powered by a $250,000, 25.6-kilowatt solar array, providing 36 megawatt hours of electricity a year.
NOSSI is a partnership among Nike, Entergy New Orleans, Winrock International, the U.S. Green Building Council and the City of New Orleans. Entergy invested $1.5 million in NOSSI projects last year, and last fall NOSSI named its first solar school —Warren Easton High School. That school now features a 6,634-square-foot rooftop-mounted solar panel system that provides 37 megawatt hours of power a year. — Alex Woodward