Newport-Mesa Uses Prop 39 Funds to Install Solar

October 23, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California has identified 32 sites to install solar panels. The electricity generated will offset more than 35 percent of each site’s electricity needs, according to the Orange County Register.

Newport-Mesa’s board approved the $13 million project, which will generate about 3,239 kW. Borrego Solar Systems has been chosen as the project developer.

Solar panels will be installed either in school parking lots to form canopies over parking spaces or over lunch areas to provide additional shade, according to the OC Register.

The project will be financed with a no-interest loan from the California Energy Commission, capital project reserve funds and also from Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.

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