SOURCE: US Solar Institute

US Solar Institute

May 22, 2012 14:45 ET

City of Fort Lauderdale Proclaims May 15th "US Solar Institute Day"

Solar PV Training School Receives Official Recognition for Becoming Fort Lauderdale's First Downtown Net-Positive Energy Commercial Building

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - May 22, 2012) - On May 15, Fort Lauderdale officials honored solar PV training school, US Solar Institute (USSI), for becoming the city's first downtown commercial building to earn the "Net-Positive Energy Building" badge of honor.

Grant money provided by the Community Redevelopment Agency, kick-started the Florida-based solar PV training school's outfitting of its main campus with 99 photovoltaic panels, generating as many as 150kWhs of clean energy daily -- enough to power the school plus 2 additional homes.

As the only solar PV training school Licensed by the Florida Department of Education, USSI wanted to demonstrate that solar is not simply a theoretical concept. Rather, it is a practical and affordable technology that can reduce utility bills to zero, if not reverse them completely.

USSI currently feeds excess energy back to the utility, producing negative electricity bills for the school and a cleaner city for area residents. The installation has also transformed USSI into the region's first 100% solar-powered college.

"We wanted to show people how affordable solar actually is," comments USSI Founder & President, Ray Johnson. "If a school our size can rely exclusively on solar and have electricity to spare, imagine what the technology could do for businesses and homes throughout the city."

At last week's ceremony, City Commissioners, on behalf of Mayor Seiler, congratulated USSI for providing a shining example hoping to inspire more business owners and residents to make the transition to cleaner energy sources. In addition, Commissioner Romney Rogers announced that USSI would receive its own day of recognition, stating,

We, as City Commissioners of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2012 as "US Solar Institute Day" ... and do thank the US Solar Institute for its contribution in making our air a little less polluted.

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About US Solar Institute
US Solar Institute is licensed by the Florida Department of Education to offer PV diplomas, the Florida Department of Businesses and Professional Regulation, and the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board as a continuing education provider. US Solar Institute is also a partner of Underwriter Laboratories and a NABCEP PV Exam Provider.