SunPower is installing 3.7MW of its solar systems across six different school sites in California’s Porterville Unified School District (PUSD). The company will install ground-mounted solar arrays and solar shade structures in school parking lots with the systems expected to cut the district’s electricity costs by US$44 million over the next 25 years.
“This project will allow Porterville Unified School District to significantly reduce our electricity costs at the schools receiving these systems and recover valuable funds needed for our academic programs,” said Superintendent Dr. John Snavely. “By partnering with SunPower, we are maximizing our savings as well as the District's use of clean, renewable energy. It is the right thing to do for our students and our community.”
PUSD’s solar systems were financed through Qualified School Construction Bonds, which allowed them to own the systems and benefit from the energy cost savings and incentive programs.