KJZZ-FM – Phoenix students’ perseverance leads to solar project at Brophy Prep

Some Brophy College Preparatory students will leave a lasting legacy on their high school campus in Phoenix.

“It’s really important for a lot of people to know — especially high school students — to not just give up right away,” said 17-year-old Sergio Arvizu-Rivera.

He and fellow members of the Student Climate Coalition wanted the Jesuit Catholic high school to invest in a campus solar project. Arvizu-Rivera said the administration agreed the group could present their proposal to the Board of Trustees.

“It was a good half year of just researching, meeting with different solar companies, going to like solar farms, stuff like that,” he said. “And then a year to prepare the presentation, get our numbers correctly, memorize the script and then finally present at the end.”

The board approved the rooftop and carport solar systems and Brophy contracted with Ameresco Inc. to develop and install the solar arrays. Earlier this month, Brophy dedicated the completed project off Central Avenue south of Camelback Road.

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By Christina Estes