1.1-MW SunPower Solar Carport Planned for Grossmont Union High School District

SunPower will build 1.1-MW solar carport system for Grossmont Union High School District.
SunPower Carport in Mexicali, Mexico

SunPower Carport in Mexicali, Mexico

San DiegoGrossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and SunPower Corp. announced plans for a 1.1-megawatt SunPower carport to be installed at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, Calif.

SunPower will build and own the system, and GUHSD will buy the energy under a power purchase agreement. SunPower estimates that 78.5 percent of the school’s energy costs will be offset as a result of the agreement, saving $6.3 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years.

“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 SunPower carport system will feature high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, which will generate power while providing shade in the school’s parking areas. The installation is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

“School districts work hard to maximize value from their limited resources. SunPower’s power purchase agreements give districts the ability to enhance their operational budgets by providing competitive electricity rates and a hedge against potential utility rate increases, with no upfront capital investment,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. “It is extremely rewarding to help districts such as GUHSD to achieve significant savings while inspiring students with innovation and the great potential of solar power.”

SunPower has installed solar power systems totaling more than 90 megawatts at 23 school districts across the state, which, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, generate the equivalent amount of power for 22,5000 average California homes.

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