Conergy, Denver, and Washington Gas Energy Systems Inc., have completed the installation of seven solar energy systems for a school distric in Corcoran, Calif. The companies installed a total of 1.3MW at local school facilities in a combination of both carport and ground-mounted solar energy systems.
The energy produced by the power plants will be used directly by the schools to avoid increasing energy prices and to stabilize overall costs for the school district. The schools will be using 100% of the generated electricity via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Washington Gas Energy Systems that has a term of 20 years. The more than 4,400 solar modules will produce more than two million megawatt hours of clean solar power every.
“Solar power purchase agreement programs, where consumers pay only for solar kilowatt hours produced instead of making the upfront investment, are becoming mainstream. States with high retail electricity costs and high solar insolation like California and Hawaii have reached or are close to reaching grid parity,” said Anthony Fotopoulos, Conergy Americas, CEO. “Solar power is considerably cheaper today than power from the grid. With a third-party-financed PV system, the end consumers benefit from both low and stable prices for clean electricity and no large investments in the plant itself.”
The photo shown is of a carport that Conergy developed for Mission College.