SunEdison announces it’s partnering with the Rosedale Union School District in Bakersfield, California to install, monitor, and manage 1.8 MW of solar at the district’s nine schools. The project is expected to save the district more than $2 million in energy costs over 20 years.
Bakersfield has a lot more to it than the country song by that immortalized it, and one thing it has is a lot of sun. Now, the town is making use of that, with plans for solar installation at nine of its schools.
Solar provider SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) today announced a partnership with Rosedale Union School District (RUSD) in Bakersfield, California to install, monitor, and manage 1.8 MW of solar at the district’s nine schools. The solar energy and efficiency project is expected to save the district approximately $55,000 in year one and more than $2 million in energy costs over 20 years.
The school district is taking part in a trend that’s sweeping the nation. Outside of teacher salaries, energy usually represents the highest operating expense for schools. Solar on schools can not only save money but also serve as an educational tool and a model for the community, plus help promote the community’s health by reducing CO2 emissions.
For the Rosedale Union School District , solar shade canopies will be constructed in parking lots at the schools. This is a great place to install solar because it takes advantage of underused space and has the added benefit of providing needed shade for parking.
Scheduled for completion by the end of this year, the project is expected to significantly reduce electricity usage, freeing up funds for important academic and enrichment programs across the district. SunEdison will install, monitor, and maintain the solar system at no additional expense to the district.
“Our partnership with SunEdison will allow Rosedale Union School District to maximize our use of clean energy, and significantly reduce our utility expenses from day one, while providing us with a fixed cost of energy for the next 20 years,” said John G. Mendiburu, Ed.D, Superintendent, Rosedale Union School District. “In addition to the cost savings and added value to the classroom, this project helps reduce our carbon footprint and create a sustainable and brighter future for our children.”
“Leaders of the Rosedale Union School District have shown forward-looking vision in meeting the energy needs of their growing community,” said Bob Hopper, Vice President Distributed Generation Origination & Strategy at SunEdison. “SunEdison works with progressive school districts across California to reduce energy costs and we look forward to partnering with other districts to realize energy efficiencies and funnel those savings back to the classroom.”
Nearly 5,000 SunEdison Silvantis modules will be installed as part of this project, scheduled to begin in the summer of 2014. Once operational, the solar systems will be managed by the SunEdison Renewable Operation Center (ROC), which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring, and reporting services. The company uses data collected from the ROC to continuously improve its products, project designs, and service offerings.