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Solar Power Project

Solar Power Project

The District’s Vision is to see all students graduate ready for college and careers. This is supported by the Business Division by maintaining fiscal solvency through good stewardship of public funds and advancing 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. In 2013, the District evaluated a solar energy option that a positive impact on the District’s General Fund, enrich the educational environment, and improve security on campuses while supporting the overall direction provided in the District’s Facility Master Plan and Measure P.

As part of the evaluation, staff thoroughly vetted a proposal through site visitations, meetings with classroom teachers, maintenance and District office staff, principals, and Board members who elected to take advantage of this cost-saving opportunity.  This was 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 anticipates 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. 

The vendor, PFMG Solar, has become a strong education partner with the District, and has demonstrated that commitment with other school districts selecting their services. The school sites will remain connected to the SCE grid.  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 that classrooms may use for curriculum purposes

If you have additional questions contact the Business Office at (909) 988-8511 ext. 2681.