San Diego schools solar splurge

Construction on six solar projects for schools in the Encinitas Union School district of San Diego was completed this week, by local firm Sullivan Solar Power. Meanwhile, battery provider Green Charge say it has installed 6.3 MWh of storage capacity in the neighboring Poway Unified School District.

The Encinitas installation is projected to run for 25 years and save the district around $21 million. Poway’s addition of storage is expected to cut a further $1.6 million off the district’s energy bills over a 10-year period, the batteries were supplied at no cost to the district thanks to Green Charge’s Power Efficiency Agreement.

“Any time we can find a way to reduce our operating costs without impacting our students is extraordinary. Installing this energy storage system will allow Poway Unified to put these savings right back in to our schools,” said Chad Koster, Director of Maintenance and Facilities for Poway Unified.

The entire Encinitas Union School District is now powered by solar. “We are proud to help Encinitas Unified School District declare energy independence, allowing the District to reinvest solar savings in their students, supporting a brighter future for our next generation,” Said Daniel Sullivan, founder and President of Sullivan Solar.

The projects were delivered alongside construction firm Balfour Beatty, whose President for the California Division, Brian Cahill stated: “Congratulations to the project teams, the district and the entire community on the successful delivery of this 1.27 MW solar project.”