Sulphur Springs SD Set to Start Solar Installations


schoolThe Sulphur Springs (CA) School District is set to begin installation of solar panels at nine elementary schools, according to SignalSVC. The installations are part of a 25-year agreement reached between the district and PFMG Solar last July.

The electricity generated by the panels, which will be installed atop carports, shade structures and on lawns and playgrounds, will be sold to the school district at a reduced cost. The savings on the district’s power bill could be as high as 70 percent, the story says. That would lead to savings of between $6 million and $7.4 million during the life of the contract.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently released a study that estimates that 1.118 gigawatts of electricity – almost 40 percent of the amount needed in the United States – could be produced by solar photovoltaics.

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3 thoughts on “Sulphur Springs SD Set to Start Solar Installations

  1. 1. 70% savings is certainly kWh. Good for the planet, we agree. This is NOT 70% dollar savings to the district
    2. The cash savings, IF everything goes according to plan, is actually only an average of $26K-$33K/year per site.
    3. No mention is made of what the fixed escalation rate is for the contract. And, of course, the utility rate increase is stipulated, as if someone actually has a crystal ball
    4. AT the end of 25 years you own nothing; they own you.
    These are bad deals for K12 districts, or ANY municipality that expects to be around for 20+ years. Its a sucker bet made by people too indifferent to consider more reliably profitable solutions.

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