RGS Energy, the commercial and utility division of Real Goods Solar Inc., and Smart Energy Capital (SEC), a solar development and finance company, have partnered to install a total of 5.1 MW of solar power at 18 Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) schools and facilities in California.
The project will include more than 17,000 solar panels that will sit atop parking lot carports on the campuses, including the district's four high schools. RGS Energy will be responsible for construction, maintenance and monitoring of the systems, and SEC will provide SUSD with a 25-year power purchase agreement.
The companies say the solar installations are expected to save the district $600,000 in the first year, which will directly benefit school programs and services district wide.
‘Going solar provides an exceptional real-world learning opportunity by reducing energy costs to free up funds that can be used to improve educational facilities and launch new learning programs for students,’ says SUSD Superintendent Steve Lowder. ‘We are proud to invest in renewable energy and set an example of environmental leadership.’