CREATED Jul. 31, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY - The Palm Springs Unified School District has gone green. Eleven of its school sites will be solar-powered by the end of December. Currently, James Workman Middle School and Cathedral City High School are generating power with their new solar-covered parking canopies.
"Our whole idea is to one, lower our utility cost and also to do the right thing in making sure that we're using a renewable energy source," said the district's Executive Director of Facilities, Julie Arthur, "It really helps with our students on educating them on the needs to make sure we're using renewable energy throughout our country."
Approximately 23,000 solar panels will be installed in the sites participating in this energy-savings project. Sun Edison is the company doing the installations.
"We didn't spend a penny for the construction of the solar canopies. This was done through a power purchase agreement. The district didn't pay for the actual equipment that's up here. We only purchase the power from what these solar panels make," explained Arthur.
Converting to solar power is expected to save the district more than $8 million over the next 20 years, according to Arthur.