Summer solar project should save Glendale Unified millions of dollars
Installation of solar panels on seven area schools is paid for with Measure S funds.
By Megan O’Neil, firstname.lastname@example.org
The schools include Clark Magnet and Crescenta Valley high schools, Rosemont Middle School and Keppel, Columbus, Mountain Avenue and Monte Vista elementary schools. The $7.2-million project will be paid for with funds from Measure S, a $270-million school bond passed by local voters in April 2011.
“This is a fiscally and environmentally responsible way to leverage bond dollars for long-term general fund savings,” school board member Greg Krikorian said in a statement.
In the first year, the solar panels are projected to save the district $543,000. The estimated cost savings during the next three decades is $18 million.
“The projects are a visible step in 21st century solutions, providing a clean energy alternative to several of our schools where projects proved most cost-effective,” Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan said in a statement.
Some of the panels will also shade parking spaces, playgrounds and lunch areas.
Glendale Unified officials have moved quickly to put Measure S dollars to work. In March, they set in motion a $24.3-million makeover of College View School, which serves 75 severely disabled students.
Also in March, the district began distributing hundreds of new laptops among its teacher corps, a total investment of $1.75 million.
Other forthcoming projects include an overhaul of the athletic fields at Hoover High School.