Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) and SunPower Corp. announced the planned installation of 1.2-megawatts of high efficiency SunPower solar power systems at five district schools.
PVUSD estimates that, based on its current utility rates, the solar power generated by the systems will curtail approximately $380,000 of annual electricity costs.
SunPower is installing solar shade structures in parking lots at each of the five district schools, allowing the district to take advantage of underutilized space and provide needed shade. The systems use high efficiency SunPower solar panels, the most efficient panels on the market today.
Construction is substantially complete on two of the five systems, including a 63-kilowatt solar shade structure installed at the Hall District Elementary School parking lot. Construction of the three other systems is scheduled to be completed this summer.
According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the solar power systems at PVUSD are expected to offset more than 921 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of removing 3,480 cars from California’s roads over the next 20 years.
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