Constellation has announced the development of an aggregate 4.35-MW solar project for the Casa Grande Union High School District in Casa Grande, Ariz. Constellation will finance, as well as own and operate, the solar power systems. In return, the school district will purchase and receive all of the electricity generated by the solar panels at a fixed rate from Constellation under a 20-year solar services agreement.
“The new solar power systems will help the district maintain stable electricity costs and serve as an educational resource for our students to learn about renewable energy,” says Shannon Goodsell, superintendent of Casa Grande Union High School District.
The solar power systems are comprised of 18,232 photovoltaic panels, located on 43 carport structures. The project is expected to generate about 7 million kWh of electricity per year.
The solar power systems will be located at four sites: Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande High School, the Casa Verde High School campus and the school district’s transportation center. Collectively the solar panels will generate an estimated 75 percent of the school district’s electricity needs. The systems are scheduled to complete by December.
“Hosting on-site solar generation is an attractive option for customers to achieve environmental goals and control energy costs without significant upfront capital investment,” says Michael D. Smith, vice president of solar and energy efficiency sales for Constellation.