California Schools Join the Solar Savings Trend with SunPower Solar Shade Structures


The Pajaro Valley Unified School District in California is going solar with installations at five of its schools. With the help of solar provider SunPower, the school district is expected to offset 74% of the power at the schools and save 380,000 in annually.

Joining the many other schools that are saving money with solar, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) in California is planning to install 1.2 MW of solar power systems at five district schools. SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) is installing their high-efficiency SunPower PVUSD panels at the schools. Based on its current utility rates, the solar power generated by the systems is estimated to save the district $380,000 in annually.

“We expect that these SunPower systems will offset approximately 74 percent of the electricity usage across all five school sites, allowing Pajaro Valley Unified School District to use the savings to support our academic and enrichment programs,” said Brett McFadden, chief business officer of PVUSD. “With proven, reliable SunPower technology, we are maximizing our savings while minimizing the district’s carbon footprint. It is the right thing to do for our students and our community.”


SunPower is installing solar shade structures in parking lots at each of the five district schools, taking advantage of underused space and providing needed shade. Construction is substantially complete on two of the five systems, including a 63 kW 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.


“Pajaro Valley Unified School District can rely on its high-efficiency SunPower solar systems to deliver guaranteed performance for the next 20 years or more,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, regions. “SunPower works with school districts across California to reduce operating costs and channel the savings to the classroom. It is extremely rewarding to deliver needed savings to our public schools with power from the sun.”


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.