California District To Save $13.4 Million with Solar Power

Escondido Union High School District (EUHSD) will deploy solar installations that, together, will produce enough energy to meet three-quarters of the district's needs, at four campuses.

Together, the systems will produce two megawatts and are expected to save the district approximately $13.4 million over 20 years.

"At the four district sites, SunPower will install solar carport systems, using high efficiency SunPower solar panels, the most efficient on the market today," according to a news release. "In addition to generating power, the carports will provide needed shade in the schools' parking areas. The systems are expected to be operational by the end of this year."

"As a result of this agreement with SunPower, Escondido Union High School District will significantly reduce our energy costs, enabling us to apply the savings where they are needed, such as for enhanced academic programs or facility upgrades," said Michael Simonson, EUHSD assistant superintendent of business services, in a prepared statement. "SunPower's deep experience working with school districts is as important as the long-term performance of its technology. We are proud to support the development of additional solar power resources in our community."

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