In 2010, Cupertino Electric's Energy Alternatives Division began construction on a 1.26 Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic system spanning multiple campuses for the Mountain View Los Altos High School District located in California’s Silicon Valley. The solar system is part of a larger modernization program funded by a $41.3 million bond and is being installed on canopies at the district’s Mountain View and Los Altos High School campuses. The system is expected to meet 45 percent of the District’s current electrical needs.
About the Solar PV System
The District’s 1.26 MW solar PV system is comprised of two distinct systems installed on ground-mounted canopies: a 755 kilowatt (kW) system on the Mountain View High School campus and a 515 kW system on the Los Altos High School campus. The canopies located in the parking lots of the campuses will span approximately 95,000 square feet. Construction of the system is underway and is being managed by Rick Kramer of Kramer Project Development Company, Inc. The project is being constructed in phases to minimize the impact on available student parking spaces at the Mountain View and Los Altos High School campuses.
Solar Project’s Environmental Impact
Over its 25-year lifetime, the district’s solar system is expected to produce 39,302,704 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, an amount equal to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 100 homes. The estimated kilowatt-hours generated during the lifetime of the system are valued at approximately $11.1 million dollars.