The Mt. Diablo school district and SunPower plan to highlight the district’s mammoth solar project during a “Turn on the Sun” dedication event at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.
Here are details, distributed to the press by the Ogilvy PR firm:
“California’s schools are expected to achieve $1.5 billion in savings on electricity costs over the next 30 years through the use of on-site solar power systems. At a time when schools are being forced to make very tough budgeting decisions, that equates to a lot of pencils, laptops and teachers’ salaries.
Are you interested in joining SunPower, a leading California-based solar technology company, and the Mount Diablo Unified School District on Tuesday, May 1st to celebrate the largest solar school district installation in the country?
You’ll have to opportunity to speak with an executive from SunPower, who can discuss Sunpower’s role in making solar power systems more affordable for California’s schools, and see the newly installed system at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek.
A few details on SunPower’s partnership with the California School Board Association and the Mount Diablo Installation:
- 12.1 megawatts of solar power will be installed at 51 Mount Diable Unified School District (MDUSD) campuses by fall of 2012
- This project will offset 92% of MDUSD’s electricity costs, which will save more than $220 million over the next 30 years
- These savings will help the district sustain and enhance crucial educational programs for students”
The event will take place at Northgate High School, 425 Castle Rock Road, in Walnut Creek.
According to a PowerPoint presentation to the district’s Parent Advisory Council by Superintendent Steven Lawrence on April 4, the solar projects are resulting in the following savings:
“- Beginning in the 2012-13 school year reduce our PG&E bill from $3.5 million to under $500,000
- Also, we do not have to include an annual increase of 4 percent annual to our PG&E bill or estimate increased PG&E costs when HVAC upgrades are completed
- Generate California Solar Initiative funds of $3 million each year for the next five years.”
Do you support the board’s decision to complete the solar projects with the $348 million Measure C bond first, before working on HVAC, technology and modernization at school sites?
3:10 PM UPDATE: This event is invitation-only.