Multi-Campus Solar System Helps Decrease Energy Costs, Increase Educational Spending
In early 2011, Cupertino Electric's Energy Alternatives Division completed a one (1) Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic system at multiple campuses for the Petaluma Joint Union High School District in Petaluma, California (www.petalumacityschools.org). The Cupertino-Electric-designed solar energy system is comprised of two smaller systems mounted on parking lot canopies at Casa Grande High School and Petaluma High School.
Construction of the 1 MW solar system began in the fall of 2010 and resulted in a 675 kilowatt (kW) PV system at Casa Grande High School and a 385 kW system at Petaluma High School. The solar project’s installation and financing contracts were overseen by TerraVerde Renewable Partners (TVRP), which provided a grant to the District to educate teachers on how to integrate solar concepts into the District’s math, science, construction and drafting curricula.