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Irvine School District Goes Solar, Installs Systems at 20 Facilities

The Irvine Unified School District in Irvine, California is prepping for solar power. Last week, the district announced plans to install solar power systems at 20 facilities, including several schools. Irvine USD’s solar mission will be accomplished with the help of SPG Solar, a solar design and installation company certified and active in California, Arizona and Oregon.

The 20 solar power systems will generate 6.6 million kilowatt-hours of solar electricity each year and save the school district some $17 million. The system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 12,000 cars from the road each year. Perhaps the most positive benefit of IUSD’s transition to solar power will be the example it sets for Irvine students, who will soon experience solar power every day.

Set to begin next year, the solar installation will be the largest school solar power system in California. Other school districts in California with solar power systems include Murrieta Valley USD, Rio Linda, Sanger and Willits, all of which are case studies for the California Energy Commission’s Bright Schools Program.

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