Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) in California, SPG Solar and SunEdison have officially connected 2 MW of solar power to the grid. The installations are part of a multi-school program that is expected to generate 25% to 60% of each campus' electrical consumption.
Comprising more than 7,300 solar panels at 15 IUSD sites, the solar deployments are expected to generate more than 2.9 million kWh of electricity per year, and more than 51 million kWh over 20 years. IUSD will use all of the energy produced to offset its demand from the grid.
The solar power systems were made possible through a strategic solar power service agreement between SunEdison and IUSD. In the agreement, SunEdison financed and deployed the solar power arrays with no up-front costs from IUSD. In return, IUSD will purchase the power produced from each system at long-term predictable rates for 20 years. SPG Solar was responsible for the design and construction of the solar deployments.
SOURCE: SPG Solar