SunPower has installed more than 90MW of solar PV systems at more than 23 school districts across California, and here comes the latest one. Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) is planning to pave carport at Valhalla High School in ElCajon with SunPower’s solar panels, which are expecting to save up to 78.5% of the school’s energy consumption.
GUHSD will not own the system but will buy power at a competitive rate under a PPA signed with SunPower. SunPower estimates the solar carport will save up to US$6.3 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years for the school. The construction and commercial operation is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
"Any reduction in utility cost allows us to redirect limited resources to academic programs, faculty support, or additional facility upgrades," said GUHSD Deputy Superintendent Scott Patterson. "SunPower's experience working with school districts, as well as the long-term performance of its technology were the primary reasons they were selected for this project."
The solar carport will not only help the school save its electricity bill, but will also educate students with innovation and the potential of solar power, stated Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. SunPower will utilize its high efficiency solar panels for the solar carport.