Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Constellation and PsomasFMG Dedicate 6.7-Megawatt Solar Generation Project
Chaffey Joint Union High School District (CJUHSD) today announced the completion of an aggregate 6.76-megawatt DC solar generation project. The system is designed to generate more than 11,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and meet 46 percent of the electricity needs for the school district.
In honor of the solar project’s completion, a celebration and ribbon cutting were held today at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif. Representatives from CJUHSD, Constellation and PsomasFMG 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 Mat Holton, superintendent of Chaffey Joint Union High School District. “It complements what we are currently doing in the areas conservation and will help us to save an estimated $40 million in energy costs over the next 25 years.”
The solar project required no upfront capital from the school district. Solar firm PsomasFMG worked with CJUHSD to develop the project. Energy products and services company Constellation financed the project’s development and will own and operate the system. CJUHSD will purchase the electricity generated by the system through a 25-year power purchase agreement with Constellation.
Brendon Quinlivan, director, solar sales for Constellation, said, “Constellation is pleased to work with the PsomasFMG team in helping Chaffey Joint Union High School District meet its environmental goals and manage its energy costs.”
“We are proud to be partnered with Chaffey Joint Union High School District in being a good steward of public funds and the environment,” said Paul Mikos, president of PsomasFMG. “Shaded parking, cleaner air and energy savings are among the benefits of this project.”
The solar power arrays are comprised of approximately 21,800 photovoltaic panels located on parking canopies at eight sites: Alta Loma High School, Chaffey High School, Colony High School, Etiwanda High School, Los Osos High School, Montclair High School, Ontario High School, and Rancho Cucamonga High School.
The system is expected to avoid the creation of 8,782 tons of carbon dioxide annually — the equivalent emissions from 1,677 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 PsomasFMG at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 more than 2.5 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 2014 revenues of approximately $27.4 billion, and more than 32,500 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.
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, PsomasFMG provides turnkey solar solutions to its clients by utilizing a combination of engineering expertise, private investor funding, utilizing federal and state subsidies. In 2010, PsomasFMG completed the largest operational school solar system in Southern California, a 9.6 MW project across 10 schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Utilizing Power Purchase Agreements and requiring no capital outlay from its host clients, PsomasFMG has also completed over 40 MWs of solar projects for offtakers such as County of Orange and several multi-campus school districts in Los Angeles County such as William S. Hart School District, Wilsona School District, Palmdale School District, Castaic Union School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District. PsomasFMG has developed several other solar projects currently under various stages of design and construction for San Gabriel Unified School District, Central School District and Pomona Unified School District. PsomasFMG is dedicated to bringing value to California school and communities. For more information, visit www.PsomasFMG.com.
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