RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Central School District announced the completion of the first phase of an aggregate 1.5-megawatt DC solar generation project. The system is designed to generate more than 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in the first year and meet 75 percent of the school district’s electricity needs.
A celebration and ribbon cutting were held today at Ruth Musser Middle School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Representatives from Central School District, Constellation and PFMG Solar attended the event.
“The new solar power system will help the district to maintain stable electricity costs and serve as an educational resource for our students to learn about renewable energy,” said Donna Libutti, superintendent of Central School District. “It will help us to save an estimated $6 million to $7 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.”
The solar project required no upfront capital from the school district. Solar firm PFMG Solar worked with Central School District to develop the project. Constellation, a leading competitive energy company, financed the project’s development and owns and will operate the system. Central School District will purchase the electricity generated by the system through a 25-year power purchase agreement with Constellation. Rosendin Electric, Inc., provided design and construction services to Constellation for the project.
Brendon Quinlivan, director, origination-distributed energy for Constellation, said, “Constellation is pleased to work with the PFMG Solar team in helping Central School District meet its environmental goals and manage its energy costs.”
"We are proud to be partnered with Central School District in being a good steward of public funds and the environment," said Paul Mikos, president of PFMG Solar. "Shaded parking, cleaner air and energy savings are among the benefits of this project.”
When completed, the solar power system will be comprised of approximately 5,052 photovoltaic panels located at seven sites: Bear Gulch Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Coyote Canyon Elementary School, Cucamonga Middle School, Dona Merced Elementary School, Ruth Musser Middle School, and Valle Vista Elementary School. Construction of phase two of the project, located at Central Elementary School, is scheduled to begin in June.
The system is expected to avoid the creation of 2,008 tons of carbon dioxide annually -- the equivalent emissions from 384 passenger vehicles, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.
California schools and municipalities interested in on-site solar through a power purchase agreement with Constellation may contact PFMG Solar at email@example.com or (714) 465-4904.
Constellation is a leading competitive retail supplier of power, natural gas and energy products and services for homes and businesses across the continental United States. Constellation's family of retail businesses serves approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100. Baltimore-based Constellation is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2015 revenues of approximately $29.4 billion, and more than 32,700 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. Learn more at www.constellation.com or on Twitter at @ConstellationEG.
About PFMG Solar
PFMG Solar, formerly known as PsomasFMG, delivers cost effective, renewable solar energy systems to schools and communities throughout Southern California. Our expertise in the solar industry is unparalleled, and our additional community involvement is of the greatest importance to us. Being a true community partner means contributing to the greater good of the communities by significantly reducing energy costs and improving the environment, as well as supporting the needs of the communities we touch. We collaborate and strategize with schools and communities to understand the sensitivity required to design a system that works best for them, while ensuring cost savings, health benefits and safety. In order for our highly productive solar systems to create continued benefits for many generations to come, PFMG Solar is committed to every phase of the development process – from planning through building – and beyond. For more information, visit www.PFMGSolar.com.