Lagunitas School District to Host West Marin’s Largest Solar Energy Facility
The Lagunitas School District will unveil a new solar facility this August, showing how sustainable energy in California schools can become a reality. Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPP™) a Mill Valley, California-based renewable energy company, developed the solar facility that will be hosted at the Lagunitas School District and that will provide an estimated 65% of the school’s annual power needs. The school district entered into a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with SPP who developed, and will own and operate the solar power system. The Lagunitas School District and Solar Power Partners signed the PPA in April 2008 and, fewer than four months later, the system will go live in August 2008.
The 58.52 kilowatt (kW DC) system at the Lagunitas School District will generate 86,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) in its first year of production. The annual carbon dioxide offset of about 70 metric tons achieved through the use of the solar power system is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from 7,600 gallons of gasoline consumed, according to carbon statistics calculated via the US Environment Protection Agency (www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html).
Borrego Solar, www.borregosolar.com, SPP’s system integration partner for the project, utilized US-manufactured photovoltaic modules from Evergreen Solar which features the smallest carbon footprint of any PV manufacturer.
“We chose Solar Power Partners because of their expertise and ability to assess our needs quickly,” said Lawrence H. Enos, Superintendent of the Lagunitas School District. “They have established a dependable renewable energy system that would not only cost zero out of pocket today, but would help protect the school district against increasing electricity prices. Beyond providing a solution that our school district could never afford on its own, SPP is helping us teach our students how innovation, finance, government, and good will can all come together for the benefit of generations to come.”
Savings could be nearly a half million dollars
Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) enable financing of solar installations by leveraging tax credits and by delivering power at highly competitive and predictable energy rates. The 15-year SPP Power Purchase Agreement is expected to provide a cumulative savings to the Lagunitas School District of $110,000. If the school district utilizes its extension options, cumulative savings could be greater than $420,000 over its lifetime.
“We have developed a flexible solution that is designed to fit the stringent requirements of school administrators,” said Alexander V. Welczeck, president of SPP. “It should never come down to a question of whether a school can purchase a book or help save the planet. We’re glad we could set a practical example of affordable sustainable energy for both the public and private sector.”
About Solar Power Partners, Inc.
Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPP™) is a California based renewable energy company that is leading the way in streamlining adoption of clean solar energy by businesses, institutions and municipalities throughout the United States of America. SPP combines best-of-breed technologies and the expertise and best practices of top solar and building industry professionals with the financing strength of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) giving building owners a clear path to achieving energy independence with lower electrical costs at predictable rates and without the risks or costs of owning and maintaining solar facilities. For more information please see www.solarpowerpartners.com Contact: Adrian Andrews tel. (415) 389 8981 x 707
About Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.
Established in 1980, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading solar developers, designers and installers of commercial, government and residential grid-connected solar electric systems. Borrego Solar’s photovoltaic systems are efficient, reliable and cost-effective. With more than two decades of experience and over 650 installations, Borrego Solar offers a complete line of design and installation services throughout California and New England. For more information, visit www.borregosolar.com
About the Lagunitas School District
Lagunitas School District is located in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The district serves K-8 students in the four villages that comprise the unincorporated area of the San Geronimo Valley. The community has a heterogeneous population: professionals, local business people, artists, artisans, and people with marginal incomes. In addition to certificated teachers, each classroom has an instructional assistant. The district has a part time technology support provider, a librarian, and a science aide. The student programs define in a collaborative manner how they will reach desired goals and objectives. Being a good steward of the planet is integral to the philosophy of the school district.