Thursday, April 25, 2013

New solar systems put a charge into more than 25 District schools

Since 1994, San Diego Unified has pursued innovative projects to save energy, reduce utility costs, and protect the environment while promoting sustainability in the district. In 2010, the Board of Education approved two contracts with companies to purchase solar power that would be produced by utilizing glass solar panels at district sites. As a result, roof-top photovoltaic (solar) systems were installed at 25 school sites by Main Street Power, and carport systems were installed at five school sites by AMSolar. An additional six roof-top systems/sites are currently under construction by Main Street Power. Recently, all the systems were turned on; and, they are all producing sustainable solar power.

“In one day, these systems generate enough electricity to power the average house for a year,” according to Tom Wright, the district’s safety, training, personnel and environmental compliance manager.

The district continues to seek opportunities for sustainable energy. In fact, one of the areas of focus for the new Proposition Z bond program is energy efficiency and sustainability. During the bond program, the district will look for opportunities to increase solar panels and energy cells, recycle water for irrigation, install high-efficiency lighting, insulation and dual-pane windows; and replace inefficient mechanical systems.

For more information on the recently installed solar systems, please contact Tom Wright at 619-260-5487 or For more information on the Proposition Z program, call 858-637-3607 or e-mail