Standard Solar Inc. has acquired a 7 MW portfolio of distributed generation (DG) solar projects for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (LEUSD) in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Standard Solar will finance, own and operate all eight projects, which are expected to come online in 2020. The projects were developed by Lamb Energy Inc., and Stronghold Engineering Inc. will perform installation.
The projects include a 3 MW ground-mount array at the West Riverside Landfill, a 75-acre capped landfill, for which the property has been leased from the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources. The landfill system will sell its electricity to Southern California Edison, which will, in turn, issue bill credits to the power bills for 29 power meters of schools and buildings in LEUSD that are not suitable candidates for on-site solar.
The remaining projects will consist of 4 MW of solar canopies at seven schools in the LEUSD: Canyon Lake Middle School, David Brown Middle School, Lakeland Village School, Lakeside High School, Temescal Canyon High School, Terra Cotta Middle School and Ortega Continuation High School.
The uniqueness of these projects precipitated the formation of a joint power authority among the Unified School Districts of Riverside County, Calif. The organization, the Riverside County Public Agency Energy Alliance, is headed by Dr. Gregory Bowers, assistant superintendent of the LEUSD.