Gerlach Schools

Gerlach, Nevada

This array was built for the elementary, middle, and high schools in Gerlach, Nevada, population 450. The tiny town sits on the edge of the beautiful Black Rock Desert, for which our organization is named.

The array provides more than 30% of the schools’ power, saving them almost $15,500 per year. With the money saved during the first year, the school system was able to purchase:

  • New lockers for all the students
  • New computer for the school secretary
  • Supplemental materials for the individual classrooms
  • New P.E. equipment
  • Vending machines to fundraise for the Future Farmers of America to learn gardening and horticulture
  • New camera for the yearbook class

“A lot of the older people in Gerlach are reticent about accepting the Burning Man event. But as a whole, the community looks at this solar array like, ‘Wow, this is a big change. You really are putting your money where you mouth is. You really do want to help the community.’”

– Carol Kaufmann, Principal