Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wisdom of Mt. Diablo's Solar Project

Barnidge: The wisdom of Mt. Diablo's solar project is reflected in its PG&E bills
05/25/2014 - Sometimes it's hard to know what a bond measure will mean to a school district. Will better classrooms mean better students? Will more libraries mean more learning? Will an improved football field make for more enjoyable games?

It's easy enough to identify one of the benefits that's come to Mt. Diablo Unified since Measure C was passed in 2010. Its PG&E bill has been slashed, shrinking from $3.82 million in 2009-10 to $687,624 in 2012-13.

That's the most telling report on the district's solar power project, which is spread across its 51 sites -- 47 of them elementary, middle and high school campuses. The more than 28,000 solar panels that were installed across 18 months at a cost of $68 million now supply 92 percent of the district's historic electricity needs. read more>>>

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