Concord and Contra Costa Schools Adding Solar System to Buildings and Saving on Electricity
Mount Diablo Unified School District, headquartered in Concord, has completed installation of 40 of 51 solar systems throughout Contra Costa county and eastern bay area region.
Energy Savings and Job Growth from Solar Installs
“When the total number of 51 systems is complete later this year, the systems are expected to reduce the district’s electricity costs by more than $3 million per year, and save $220 million over the next 30 years. With a cumulative capacity of 12.1 megawatts, the project is creating more than 140 jobs during construction and injecting almost $24 million into the regional economy through the use of local subcontractors and suppliers.”
“With this project, we will eliminate 92 percent of electrical cost from our general fund in the first year alone and generate additional financial resources from the California Solar Initiative. This will help preserve desperately needed financial resources for our schools and classrooms,” says School Board Member Gary Eberhart. “Saving our schools’ money while reducing emissions is the right thing to do for our students and the environment. “
Concord Schools Reduce CO2 Emissions
“According to estimates provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mount Diablo Unified’s solar power systems will avoid production of almost 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 30 years, the equivalent of removing 70,450 cars from California’s highways.”
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Upon completing the solar project for the schools, it will be the biggest solar school project in the U.S., providing substantial electric bill savings and representing a major milestone.