Solar Panels to Keep District ‘In the Green’

Construction at all 49 locations will be conducted in six groups
Posted on 07/19/2021
Solar panel installation at Rogers Elementary

The Chula Vista Elementary School District, in partnership with ENGIE, recently began construction at an initial group of schools that will receive new solar photovoltaic systems. These improvements will reduce costs, generate clean energy, and benefit our campuses and local communities.

Construction at all 49 locations will be conducted in six groups, and started with Group 1: Castle Park Elementary, Anne and William Hedenkamp Elementary, John J. Montgomery Elementary, Palomar Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Greg Rogers Elementary, Fred H. Rohr Elementary, and Valle Lindo Elementary.

Solar installationIt is an exciting new project, given that installation of solar systems are not only helping the District reduce energy costs, but are also helping California reduce greenhouse gas emissions, officials said.

In CVESD, installing the 8.1 megawatt solar systems are equivalent to saving 278,297 acres of U.S. forests, according to ENGIE, a low-carbon and energy services group. The District contracted with ENGIE to carry out its solar energy project. In all, over 18,050 solar panels will be installed across the District.

The solar photovoltaic systems are projected to save the District a net of $70 million over the next 25 years.

“That is $70 million in savings even after project costs have been paid for,” said Oscar Esquivel, Deputy Superintendent. “By the end of this project, we think we will be able to generate about 90 percent of the District’s overall energy demands. That is a tremendous amount of energy—and savings for our District. This is a ‘green’ project both environmentally and fiscally.”

Steel at ParkviewEsquivel thanked the Board of Education for its vision in presenting Measure M to Chula Vista voters, who approved the general obligation bond in March 2020. The bond funding will help our District implement a range of school improvement projects. These include safety and security measures, Teacher-Staff Affordable Housing, Early Years Preschool Facilities—and installation of the District-wide solar system.

“We have a demonstrated commitment to strengthening environmental sustainability efforts that our community recognizes,” Esquivel said. “Our team has done an outstanding job of continually finding ways to increase energy efficiency and savings while doing our part to improve the environment. We want to model for our students the importance of energy awareness, conservation, and sustainability.”

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