The District has established two District-wide goals: 1) Improve Student Achievement; and 2) Improve Classroom Instruction. Those efforts are supported by the Business Division through supplemental goals as the District maintains fiscal solvency through good stewardship of public funds, and advances the learning environment by improving facilities.
As part of that responsibility, the District continues to look for opportunities to use natural resources responsibly through the use of reclaimed water, recycling and green waste bins, and energy management. Over the last several months, District staff has evaluated a solar energy option that will have a positive impact on the District’s General Fund, enrich the educational environment, and improve security on campus while supporting the overall direction provided in the District’s Facility Master Plan and Measure P.
As part of the evaluation, staff has thoroughly vetted a proposal through site visitations, meetings with classroom teachers, maintenance and District office staff, principals, and Board members who have elected to take advantage of this cost-saving opportunity. This is accomplished through a Power Purchase Agreement, where the District purchases approximately 50% of the electricity needed as a solar option at a cost significantly less than Southern California Edison charges; not only now, but in the future. The District anticipate a savings between $2.4 and $3 million in the first five years, and as much as $39 million over 25 years. All of this at no cost to the District for construction or maintenance. On December 10, 2013, the Board of Trustees approved a Power Purchase Agreement with PsomasFMG.
The vendor, PsomasFMG, is committed to becoming an education partner, and has demonstrated that commitment with other school districts selecting their services. The school sites will remain connected to the SCE grid, and there are no safety issues. Solar arrays are placed in parking lots, which form shaded parking areas for staff, students and parents. Lighting is improved in the parking areas for greater safety and security. Each school is connected to a monitoring website, and curriculum is available for use in the classroom.
Included on this page are links to “Frequently Asked Questions,” “What You Need to Know,” and aerial photographs enhanced with the tentative location of the solar arrays on each campus. There are also renderings of what the parking lots might look like from the ground level.
If you have additional questions you may email them to: CJUHSDSolar@Psomasfmg.com or contact the Business Office at (909) 988-8511 ext. 2681.