SolarCity and the University of California Davis' California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) have completed a solar power and energy-efficient lighting project for Woodland High and three elementary schools in the Woodland Joint Unified School District (WJUSD).
SolarCity says this marks the second round of solar projects it has completed for the district, bringing the number of sites to 10, with a combined capacity of 2.1 MW. In total, the SolarCity arrays consist of more than 8,800 photovoltaic panels.
The CLTC assisted the WJUSD in selecting energy-efficient lighting for the solar-paneled carports at its four newest solar sites.
‘The pairing of solar canopies with adaptive lighting is a design standard at UC Davis and, now, at Woodland Unified," says CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch.
The district paid nothing upfront for the solar systems, and the energy-efficient lighting is included in the monthly purchase of energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The solar electricity cost is also reduced by a performance-based incentive provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the California Solar Initiative.