Alta Loma School District to Install Solar Panels at all 10 Schools
The Alta Loma School District has embarked on a partnership with PFMG Solar, LLC, to bring solar power to all 10 of the district’s schools and the District Support Center, and potentially save the district an estimated $8-9 million over the next 25 years.
The 1.97-megawatt solar system will offset 73 percent of the energy used by the district, reducing ALSD’s electricity costs and consumption from Southern California Edison, said Paul Mikos, president of PFMG Solar.
“It’s critical that we set a responsible example for our students and the community by conserving energy, reducing pollution and protecting our environment,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “We’re also looking out for our financial future as well.”
Mikos said the environmental benefits of the project are equivalent to taking approximately 3,450 cars off the road or planting 29,400 trees.
PFMG Solar will design, finance, build and operate the system through a 25-year power purchase agreement that enables the school district to convert to solar power with no upfront costs or tax dollars. Third party ownership of the system will allow ALSD to realize immediate savings and better predict and manage future energy costs.
While the project is currently in the design and engineering phase, photovoltaic panels are expected to be installed on new shade structures and covered carports. Construction is expected to begin in the winter and to be completed by spring 2016.
“We are always pleased to work with a school district like Alta Loma that puts its kids first,” Mikos said.