California District To Save $6.3 Million with Solar Power

California's Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) will install a 1.1-megawatt solar power system estimated to save $6.3 million in electricity costs over the next two decades.

The system, to be built and owned by SunPower as part of a power purchase agreement, will be installed on carports at Valhalla High School and will generate approximately 78.5 percent of the district's electricity needs.

"Any reduction in utility cost allows us to redirect limited resources to academic programs, faculty support, or additional facility upgrades," said Scott Patterson, GUHSD deputy superintendent, in a prepared statement. "SunPower's experience working with school districts, as well as the long-term performance of its technology were the primary reasons they were selected for this project."

"School districts work hard to maximize value from their limited resources. SunPower's power purchase agreements give districts the ability to enhance their operational budgets by providing competitive electricity rates and a hedge against potential utility rate increases, with no upfront capital investment," said Howard Wenger, president of business units at SunPower, in a news release. "It is extremely rewarding to help districts such as GUHSD to achieve significant savings while inspiring students with innovation and the great potential of solar power."

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