Clovis Unified activates phase 1 of solar power system

May 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Clovis Unified flipped the switch Friday on phase 1 of its new 5.9-megawatt solar power system. The district’s system, the largest school solar project in the Central Valley, is expected to save the district as much as $2.7 million annually.

The district celebrated powering up the first phase at Mountain View Elementary School, one of more than 20 locations where solar systems are being installed.

The Mountain View campus has solar panels located in the parking lot and near the school’s play area structures.

More than 100 Mountain View sixth-graders, with the help of students from Buchanan High’s Energy Tech Academy and engineers from Cupertino Electric, Inc. and Terra Verde Renewable Partners, built mini solar energy systems of their own. The hands-on lesson illustrate for the students the science and math that goes into converting solar energy into electricity.

Clovis Unified’s solar power system was made possible through the community’s passage of Measure A in June 2012. All four phases of the project are expected to be completed by December 2013.

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