LMCA goes green with Black Rock Solar
Enhancing education programs and instilling renewable energy values in children are core values for Black Rock Solar, so building a 102 kW array for Lake Mead Christian Academy was a natural fit.
“‘LMCA Going Green with Black Rock Solar’ has been a great experience all the way around. We are so grateful for their hard work and the extremely gifted people that were working with LMCA to lower our energy bill. This has been an exciting experience and has proven to be a conversation piece for many of our families.”- Benjamin “BJ” Blakeley , LMCA Director of Resource Development
With the help of a NV Energy rebate, Black Rock Solar built a 384-panel roof-top photovoltaic array for LMCA at no cost to the school. The school will save nearly $10,000 a year in utility costs. That’s thousands of dollars that can go directly back to educational programs for children.
LMCA began with 24 students and four staff members in 1989. It is the first and oldest kindergarten through 12th grade private school in Henderson. In 1995, LMCA was the recipient of 5.6 acres of land. Two major building projects fully built out the campus with over 60,000 square feet of permanent buildings that include more than 40 classrooms and offices, along with a commercial cafeteria, full service coffee shop, gymnasium and maintenance building.
Black Rock Solar is proud to have helped bring renewable energy to this Nevada educational institution.
View LMCA's solar at work here.
LMCA press release in the Las Vegas Sun
Henderson private school 'goes green' for free
Published on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 (12:34 p.m.)
Submitted by Lake Mead Christian Ministries with Black Rock Solar
LAKE MEAD CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
IS “ GOING GREEN”
Private Christian school can reinvest energy savings back into the students and ministry community
(Henderson, NV)- Black Rock Solar just completed a 121 kW solar array on the rooftop of their building on Lake Mead Parkway. This array will provide Lake Mead Christian Ministries with approximately $10,500 in yearly savings. This adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 25 years. The array was made possible by a $310,000 grant given by NV Energy and was built at no cost to LMCM by Black Rock Solar.
“We are so excited about our solar array. Anytime LMCM can save money we are able to put it right back into our programs to better the education for our students” -Sue Blakeley (Administrator, LMCM)
This month Black Rock Solar will be on campus, working with the students of Lake Mead Christian Academy performing experiments and giving lessons on solar energy.
There will be a dedication of this array and a ribbon cutting by the City of Henderson on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:00PM at Lake Mead Christian Ministries (540 E. Lake Mead Pkwy. Henderson, NV 89015).
About Lake Mead Christian Ministries:
Lake Mead Christian Ministries began as Lake Mead Christian Academy in 1989, operating as a K-12 program. In 2004 a campus church was organized to serve members of the school community and the surrounding Henderson area. Further expansion occurred in 2006, with the addition of a childcare and preschool program. The newest of Lake Mead Christian Ministries’ endeavors is “Create”. This young adult gathering began in the fall of 2013 and averages 150 young adults each Tuesday night. Today, Lake Mead Christian Ministries serves 615 students and children (infant through 12th grade) and a congregation of 300 people for Sunday worship services.
About Black Rock Solar:
Black Rock Solar is a Reno based 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on speeding the adoption of clean energy through installation, energy efficiency, and education. By installing solar at low or no cost for schools, tribes, rural communities, and other non-profits, Black Rock Solar puts much needed funds into the hands of those who need it most.