RGS Energy and SEC SUSD Solar One LLC, have executed agreements to begin construction on solar energy projects at up to 22 sites within the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) in California.
When completed later this year, the solar PV sites will generate a total of up to 6.7 MW of clean solar power for schools and facilities in the district. The systems are expected to allow the district to pay less for electricity over the course of a 25-year power purchase agreement executed with SEC SUSD Solar One. The first year savings alone are expected to be approximately $900,000.
The anticipated energy savings will benefit the district’s school programs and services, with the solar PV systems delivering substantial environmental benefits. Collectively, the systems are expected to eliminate more than 290 million pounds of annual carbon dioxide emission or the equivalent of taking roughly 1,000 cars off the road.
Through this transaction, the district is able to install solar PV systems with no upfront cost and while experiencing lower energy costs. RGS Energy, a nationwide solar provider with five operations centers in California, will be responsible for construction of the projects.
The SUSD deployment will involve more than 22,000 solar panels installed on top of parking lot carports at the school campuses, including four high schools. The installations will also demonstrate how solar technology works and reveal its benefits, as students monitor online in real-time the school’s energy production.
“We have successfully deployed solar energy systems at many schools and academic institutions, and are always impressed by the great value proposition solar brings to the educational sector in particular,” said RGS Energy CEO Kam Mofid. “RGS Energy is delighted to help the Stockton Unified School District achieve its goals of fiscal responsibility, educational excellence and effective environmental stewardship.”
RGS Energy, which has designed and installed nearly 75 MW of solar power on schools, universities and colleges across the nation, expects to complete the projects, valued at up to approximately $22 million, by the end of 2014.
SEC SUSD Solar One is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.
— Solar Builder magazine