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Published on January 15th, 2016 | by Joshua S Hill

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SunEdison To Cover 25 California School Parking Lots With Solar

January 15th, 2016 by  

SunEdison has announced that it has signed an agreement with 25 California schools to provide solar covering for their parking lots.

The world’s largest renewable energy development company made the announcement this week. SunEdison signed solar power purchase agreements with 25 California elementary, middle, and high schools, to provide high-performance solar parking canopies at each of the campuses parking lots.

SunEdison-4SunEdison predicts that the agreement will save the schools more than $30 million on energy costs over the next 20 years.

“Installing a SunEdison solar system is one of the most immediate and effective means for schools to control their energy costs, and thanks to California’s reasonable net metering policy this option is available to all schools in the state,” said Sam Youneszadeh, SunEdison’s regional general manager of its Western US solar business. “Using parking lot space for solar solves two problems: it provides much-needed shade for cars from the scorching California sun, and it lowers electricity costs – typically a school’s second largest expense. We’ve helped more than 150 schools become not only more self-sufficient, but also enabled them to free up funds to maintain their buildings and ensure they continue to be safe and positive learning environments.”

Five unified school districts are involved in the agreement — Dixon, Downey, Duarte, Livermore, and Newman Crows Landing. Each district signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the installation of more than 7.4 MW of solar parking canopies, which not only generate solar electricity for the school, but go a step further and provide shade from said-solar energy to the cars beneath.

“This project shows how districts can become more self-sufficient financially,” said Dr. Allan Mucerino, Duarte Unified School District’s Superintendent. “And from an educational perspective, our students can learn how consumers make decisions about purchasing energy. I’m excited that we’re able to provide a hands-on experience for our students, with these solar systems we are teaching our students about one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.”


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  • timbuck93

    I’d like to see transparent solar panels take off. It’s so damn dark under a solar panel, it’s just not natural. Now they’ll have to include extra lighting so people can see under there. Not cool.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Don’t quit your day job….

    • Frank

      Did you notice the gaps? That will let in more than enough light till the sun goes down, after which some lighting would certainly help, like it does with parking lots without solar pannels.

  • Otis11

    Now will they put EV charging points under these canopies? That would be huge…
    (regardless, still a good step in the right direction!)

  • Martin

    Anybody know what the PPA is for that 20 year contract and how it compares ot other PPA’s?
    And what would be the cost for the 7.4 MW (per school?) install or it that 7.4 MW for the total for all 25 schools?
    Or would those number not be for the public, if so perhaps an educated guess.

    • onesecond

      “Each district signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the installation of more than 7.4 MW of solar parking canopies”

      So I would say 25 times 7.4 MW equals 185 MW.

    • Matt

      “Each district signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for the installation of more than 7.4 MW of solar parking canopies”
      So that is >7.4MW per district, not per school. But it does not say how much is being installed.

    • Otis11

      “The districts signed 20-year power purchase agreements with SunEdison for more than 7.4 megawatts of solar, installed as parking canopies in each school’s parking lot. Solar parking canopies provide shade for parked cars while generating cost-effective, clean solar energy.”

      Directly from the source (SunEdison press release): http://www.sunedison.com/sites/default/files/25%20calif%20schools.pdf

      So that’s 185 MW total!

      • Martin

        Thank you all, but any idea about the $ amount to be paid on thaose PPA’s?

        • Matt

          Read “directly from source” still not 100% sure on total MW, and it gave no price information. Since they are public schools, I’m sure it is public record somewhere.

        • sjc_1

          Martin.
          Go find out.

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