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California District To Roll Out 2.2 MWp Solar System

California's Greenfield Union School District is rolling out solar arrays on rooftops, in parking structures, and across grounds at 10 of its campuses to create a district-spanning photovoltaic system that will produce 2.2 MWp (megawatts at peak sunlight).

The district, located in Bakersfield in Kern County, partnered with Enfinity for the project. Enfinity is handling Financing and development on the project, which involves 9,500 individual solar modules. According to information published in local media outlet, the installations are expected to save the district $50,000 per year by shifting costs from the local utility to the solar provider.

GUSD serves students in grades K through 8 in 11 total schools, including eight elementary schools and three middle schools. One of the elementary schools will be excluded from the deployment. All of the systems are expected to be online by November.

In related news, Muroc Joint Unified School District in the Mojave Desert in California has just completed installation of a 392 kilowatt peak (at maximum sunlight) solar system using 1,666 ground-based solar panels.

Muroc is a K-12 district spanning 578 square miles in Kern County and San Bernadino County. It serves about 2,000 students in two elementary schools and two combined junior and senior high schools.

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