Burning Man Helps Gerlach Schools Go Solar

Posted by on Feb 29, 2008 in Blog, Uncategorized | No Comments

“Because Gerlach is somewhat isolated, it is difficult to provide the students with the same opportunities afforded to students in other parts of Washoe County,” said Gerlach Principal Carol Kaufmann. “That’s another reason why this is a great opportunity for us.”

An array of solar panels installed at the campus is expected to generate up to 162,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually for the next 25 years. The total energy savings over that time period is expected to surpass $480,000.

The approximately $20,000 per year savings will directly benefit the students and faculty of the rural school, according to the Washoe County School District. This is a huge amount of money for the tiny school district.


Gerlach’s new 90-kilowatt, photovoltaic, solar power system resulted from a pioneering collaboration between Sierra Pacific Power, Burning Man [Black Rock Solar], MMA Renewable Ventures and the Washoe County School District. The panels were installed at no charge to the school district through a combination of donated labor and materials and Sierra Pacific’s SolarGenerations rebate program.

View the full press release here.