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California District To Save $2 Million with Solar Power

California's Rosedale Union School District is launching a solar power initiative projected to save more than $2 million over the course of 20 years.

The district has tapped SunEdison to install and manage a 1.8-megawatt solar power system comprising nearly 5,000 Silvantis modules on solar shade canopies in the parking lots of nine schools. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year and expected to save the district approximately $55,000 in the first 12 months of operation.

"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, Rosedale USD superintendent, in a prepared statement. "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."

Rosedale Union School districts serves more than 5,400 students in grades K-8 at seven elementary schools and two middle schools. More information about the district is available at

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