Kingsburg High School 564 kW

Location: Kingsburg, CA

Installation Type: Ground Mount

Completion Date: Winter 2012

The Kingsburg Joint Union High School District is projected to save a substantial amount of money over the next 20 years and also conserve energy in the process. The district will save $2.1 million by installing numerous solar panels throughout the high school campus. The estimated savings in the first year will be $36,500. “The money savings can be invested in students and programs,” said Superintendent Randy Morris.

The board approved the project in April 2012 and construction started in September 2012. There are three locations of clusters of solar panels around the campus. The locations consist of panels on the roof of the bus garage, a ground unit near the observatory and a larger ground unit in the northeast corner of the property, which was formerly a portion of the school farm and practice field.

The district is in a 20-year, power-purchase agreement with Enfinity, a company that focuses on solar energy. There are no out-of-pocket expenses to the district for the equipment.

The district only pays for the energy that is generated, not the cost of the equipment used to produce the energy. The energy costs are fixed over the next 20 years.

“The district was in a position where we were looking at cost savings and we were evaluating solar as one of those options,” Morris said.

The district initially met a year ago with AC Electric of Bakersfield to evaluate the district’s energy consumption and were presented some options. Morris said AC Electric connected the district with Enfinity.