TAFT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Taft Union High School District will break ground this summer on a solar project that will generate renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gases and save millions of dollars.
The system will be designed and built by REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions. Sage Renewable Energy Consulting, Inc., an independent energy consulting firm, was retained by the district to help guide the vendor selection process and ensure that district goals are met from design through implementation.
The 1.3 megawatt system includes a 1.1 megawatt ground mount system adjacent to Taft Union High School and a nearly 200-kilowatt carport in the Buena Vista High School parking lot. Combined, the system will contain about 3,750 individual solar panels with an annual production capacity of 2,160,000 kilowatt hours. It will offset 76% of the energy used at Taft Union High School and 97% of the energy at Buena Vista High School. Over a 25-year period, the system is expected to save the district $6.2 million and reduce carbon emissions by more than 35,000 metric tons.
As part of the project, REC Solar will be updating the PG&E service sub-station for Taft Union High School.
“This project has a wide range of benefits for our schools,” said Blanca Cavazos, superintendent at Taft Union High School District. “We are saving millions on energy costs, providing shaded parking spots with the carport and taking advantage of our frequent sunshine to power our facilities with renewable energy.”
“We are excited to be producing nearly all the energy needed at Taft and Buena Vista High Schools,” said Alan Russo, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at REC Solar. “The long-term savings can be leveraged by the schools for other important investments over the next 25 years.”
About Taft Union High School District
The Taft Union High School District has been in operation since 1911. The Taft Union High School District operates one high school and one continuation school that serve approximately 1,000 students on the west side of Kern County and draws from five rural elementary school districts – Elk Hills, Midway, McKittrick, Belridge, and Taft City School Districts – covering an area of 362 square miles.
About REC Solar
REC Solar is a nationwide leader providing complete commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions. Incorporating experience from more than 600 successful commercial solar installations over 20 years, REC Solar tailors financing and technology solutions to immediately deliver bottom line savings. REC Solar makes solar simple, working seamlessly with customer operations to deliver clean energy for decades. For more information, visit RECSolar.com or call 844-732-7652.
About Sage Renewables
Sage Renewables is a professional services firm specializing in renewable energy consulting and project development for public and private clients. Sage is technology and vendor neutral, providing unbiased expertise on project financing, appropriate technologies and vendor selection. Services include: energy efficiency management; renewable resource feasibility studies; due diligence; financial modeling and funding; system modeling and design; vendor selection; construction and commissioning oversight; asset management and Renewable Energy Credit (REC) management. Sage’s experience extends across renewable and energy efficiency technologies such as solar photovoltaics, wind power, solar thermal systems, fuel cells, ground source heating/cooling, biomethane, and hydropower. For more information, visit www.sagerenew.com.