IUSD, SPG Solar and SunEdison "flipped the switch" on the multi-school program today, which promises to generate between 25 and 60 percent of each campus’ electrical consumption.
Under a solar power service agreement, SunEdison financed and deployed the solar power arrays, while SPG Solar was responsible for their design and construction. IUSD will reportedly purchase the power generated from each system. ?
The project is comprised of more than 7,300 solar panels, which are expected to generate over 2.9 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, and over 51 million kWh over 20 years. IUSD has said it will use all of the energy produced to offset its 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," commented 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."