To answer this question right away: We don’t know.

But USPS, in its infinite wisdom, may have reasons not to do so.

Now, if you are wondering what a (Solar) Power Purchase Agreement is, you can find a short overview here.

Unlike USPS, other public institutions have come to realize the advantages of (Solar) Power Purchase Agreements. It really saddens us a tad that USPS does not seem to explore this opportunity. And it would be really nice to see some of you USPS bigwigs take a close look at what (Solar) Power Purchase Agreements can do. For your convenience we listed some examples below.

Truefully yours

Paul Stalsanity

Four public high schools will receive rooftop solar panels in the first awarding of a state Power Purchase Agreement contract.

The state Department of Education said today that Hawaii Pacific Solar will install photovoltaic systems at Kaimuki High, Aiea High, Waianae High and Kahuku High and Intermediate. Construction is expected to be completed by December.

Hawaii Pacific Solar will install the systems at no cost to the DOE. Once the systems are operational, the DOE will buy power from Hawaii Pacific Solar.

The DOE says it will save at least $1 million in energy costs over the course of the 20-year contract.

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The Delaware Technical & Community College is following suit:

Although the plan estimates an average payback of four years, the College is seeking to lower the initial capital costs associated with such an aggressive goal. One way the College expects to do this is through a solar power purchasing agreement (PPA) in which the costs to install and maintain the solar panels on each campus are paid for by the provider who benefits from tax credits and income generated from the sale of electricity.

The college also hopes to contain costs with the assistance of Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility which is helping state agencies and non-profits retrofit their buildings through the use of energy performance contracts, an innovative program announced by Governor Jack Markell earlier this year.

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Another fine example here:

NexGen erected two 100-kilowatt turbines for Upper Scioto Valley schools, which paid $35,000 in upfront costs for some of the power and an engineering fee, Assistant Superintendent Jim Bowser said. The district projects the turbines will save it about $1.7 million over 15 years on utility bills.

“Are we breaking even? You bet. And we’re making money,” Bowser said.

The district is looking at adding more turbines, a solar power system, and possibly turning biomass into energy with other corporate partners.

Having someone else build a renewable energy system and buying just the power is becoming more common for nonprofits, businesses and local governments and agencies looking to switch to wind or solar. The model makes the most sense when customers own the properties where equipment is installed, where they pay high utility rates for conventional power, and when projects can qualify for incentives or tax credits.

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