RGS Energy and SEC SUSD Solar One announce they’re installing solar at 22 sites within the Stockton Unified School District in California. The solar PV projects will generate up to 6.7 MW of clean solar power for schools and facilities in the district, saving an estimated $900,000 in the first year alone.
As the National Solar Schools Consortium aims to get solar on every school in the country, more California schools are heading in that direction. RGS Energy (Nasdaq:RSGE), a nationwide solar provider with five operations centers in California, is helping in this effort, having designed and installed nearly 75 MW of solar power on schools, universities, and colleges across the nation.
Schools in Stockton, California, will be benefitting from solar soon. RGS Energy and SEC SUSD Solar One, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, have announced they will begin construction on solar energy projects at up to 22 sites within the Stockton Unified School District (SUSD).
When completed later this year, the solar PV projects 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 lower electricity costs for the district over the course of a 25-year power purchase agreement with SEC SUSD Solar One. Savings for the first year are estimated at $900,000.
Through this transaction, the district is able to install solar PV systems at no upfront cost. RGS Energy will be responsible for construction of the projects.
The anticipated energy savings will benefit the district’s school programs and services, and the systems will also deliver 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.
More than 22,000 solar panels will be installed on top of parking lot carports at the school campuses, including four high schools. The installations will also demonstrate how solar technology works — students will be able to monitor the school’s energy production online in real time.
“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.”