“We could not be more excited to ‘flip the switch’ on a new era of sustainability for the Irvine Unified School District,” said IUSD Superintendent of Schools Gwen Gross.
Novato, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011
Irvine Unified School District (IUSD), SPG Solar and SunEdison "flipped the switch" today to 2 megawatts (MW) of solar power on a multi-school program that promises to generate 25 percent to 60 percent of each campus' electrical consumption.
Comprised of more than 7,300 solar panels at 15 IUSD sites, the solar deployments are expected to generate more than 2.9 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, and more than 51 million kWh over 20 years. IUSD will use all of the energy produced to offset their demand from the grid.
“We could not be more excited to ‘flip the switch’ on a new era of sustainability for the Irvine Unified School District,” said IUSD Superintendent of Schools Gwen Gross. “This extraordinary partnership with SunEdison and SPG Solar will reduce our energy costs by millions of dollars and shrink our overall carbon footprint. At the same time, we are eager to incorporate new lessons on photovoltaic technology into our curriculum, giving students the opportunity to learn more about solar power as they monitor their own energy usage in real time.”
The solar power systems were made possible through a strategic solar power service agreement between SunEdison and IUSD. In the agreement SunEdison financed and deployed the solar power arrays with no upfront costs from IUSD. In return, IUSD will purchase the power produced from each system at long-term predictable rates for 20 years. SunEdison worked closely SPG Solar, which was responsible for the design and construction of the solar deployments.
“Through this solar installation, IUSD is planning for the future by reducing electricity costs and locking in predictable long-term rates,” said SPG Solar CEO and President Chris Robine. “This project demonstrates IUSD’s commitment to educating students and generations to come on the power of renewable energy.”
Over 20 years, the solar deployments will produce enough energy to power more than 5,000 average US homes for one year. In that same amount of time, the environmental attributes associated with the solar deployments are expected to offset more than 57 million pounds of carbon dioxide – equivalent to removing more than 5,600 cars from the road for one year.
About Irvine Unified School District
Located in Orange County, Calif., the Irvine Unified School District comprises a community of learners, committed to the highest quality educational experience. IUSD educates a diverse population of approximately 27,000 K-12 students in 22 elementary schools, five middle schools, four comprehensive high schools and one continuation high school. A district-wide strategic plan outlines IUSD’s mission to enable all students to become contributing members of society, empowered with the skills, knowledge and values necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world. For more information, visit http://www.iusd.org.
About SPG Solar, Inc.
SPG Solar is a leading developer of distributed solar projects for large commercial, government and public energy users. Located in Novato, California, SPG Solar has been providing unique solar solutions to its customers for nearly a decade. In addition to its expertise in designing and building solar power systems, SPG Solar offers proprietary products such as its SunSeeker™ single axis tracker and Floatovoltaics™, the world’s first floating solar system. SPG Solar’s Structured Finance Group offers a full array of financial resources and expertise on financing solar projects. SPG Solar currently manages more than 1,500 solar system installations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. For more information on SPG Solar and distributed solar power, please visit http://www.spgsolar.com.