Milpitas USD Implements 3.4 Megawatt Solar System


Milpitas Unified School District has partnered with Chevron Energy and Bank of America to implement a 14-site, 3.4 megawatt solar energy project for the district.

The newly completed project is expected to supply the district with 75 percent of its annual energy needs, producing 100 percent of the energy required during the summer months. Expected benefits of the system include a reduction in energy costs and decreased carbon emissions. It's also expected to offer educational opportunities for students. The solar structures will also provide the district with shaded areas for cars and pedestrians.

"We are proud to be generating renewable, ultra-clean power at our district's facilities while achieving cost savings for our general fund," said Karl Black, superintendent of Milpitas Unified School District, in a prepared statement. "This project wouldn't have been possible without the support we received from David Thorman, state architect of California, and his team and our collaboration with Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America."

The new system was engineered and constructed by Chevron Energy Solutions, with financing provided by Bank of America. According to the district, the California Solar Initiative--along with other incentives--helped offset the overall cost of the project by approximately $4.2 million.

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