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Solar panels generating savings in Hart district

Posted: November 21, 2013 12:20 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2013 12:20 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Going green has saved the Hart district a bundle in energy costs, according to figures released Wednesday night.

In the little more than a year since solar panels were installed at nine sites throughout the William S. Hart Union High School District by PsomasFMG, the district has saved approximately $597,819 in energy costs, according to estimates.

That figure includes and $400,044 in “free energy” that was produced during a testing window and $197,775 in operational savings.

Panels at district schools have also produced slightly more energy than projected, with power generation at 100.02 percent of estimates, according to PsomasFMG.

Solar arrays are installed at nine schools in the Hart district: Canyon High School, Golden Valley High School, La Mesa Junior High School, Rancho Pico Junior High School, Rio Norte Junior High School, Saugus High School, Sierra Vista Junior High School, Valencia High School and West Ranch High School.

The Hart district entered into an agreement with PsomasFMG in 2011 to install solar arrays at district schools. The Hart district purchases power generated by the panels to satisfy the energy needs of school sites.

Total energy savings as a result of the panels are expected to approach or exceed $20 million over the life of the 20-year agreement, according to estimates.

PsomasFMG is “a single source provider of solar energy systems and solutions for schools, businesses and communities” according to the company’s website.
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