Canadian Solar Inc., one of the global solar power companies, announced on December 16th its modules were selected for the Clovis Unified School District solar installation in Clovis, California.
The Clovis Project, which includes 21 solar power systems, is scheduled for completion in January 2014, and is projected to generate 8.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. Nearly 38,000 Californian students will immediately benefit as the school district reduces its annual energy costs, while using clean, renewable energy. Construction commenced in 2012 after funding for the $25 million project was secured through a voter approved bond issuance. The Clovis Project is expected to save the school district $2.7 million annually from its $7.5 million energy bill for the next [35 to 40] years.
Independent energy advisor TerraVerde Renewable Partners managed the solar project, while Cupertino Electric designed and constructed the project to maximize power output for the public school district's investment. The solar system utilizes Canadian Solar "CS6P" Monocrystalline modules, which are recognized as one of the highest performing solar panels in the industry.
"The voters of Clovis USD had the foresight to authorize the financing for a 5.86 MW solar project that will provide immediate energy costs savings to support the District's core mission, educating children. To produce those savings, TerraVerde implemented a rigorous competitive bid process on behalf of the District, who then selected Cupertino Electric to build the project, and Cupertino selected Canadian Solar modules to meet TerraVerde's clearly defined project performance specifications," said Rick Brown PhD, President of Terraverde Renewable Partners.
"The ambitious Clovis Project exemplifies the school district's foresight to reduce energy costs. With education budgets tight across the U.S., this significant savings can be redeployed, directly benefiting students for generations to come. Our team is always proud to provide affordable, high-quality solar energy solutions for educational institutions, as we share in our commitment to helping to create a sustainable and brighter future for children," said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.