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Sunshine will make a financial difference for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

The installation of solar photovoltaic systems that provide electricity at Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta High Schools as well as the Support Services Center has started and is expected to be completed in December.

They will be placed in the parking lots above vehicle spaces at RHS and PVHS. DHS will put their solar project on a grass next to the teacher’s parking lot. SMHS is expected to begin installation in the parking areas after planned construction projects are finished.

Estimated savings for 2018-19 will be $140,000, while the estimated savings for 25 years is $7 million. The agreement is for 20 years with an optional five-year extension. The district’s current cost for electricity at all four sites is about $994,000 a year.

The solar equipment did not cost the district anything. The district entered into what is known as a “Power Purchase Agreement or PPC” with California Solar 1 to purchase electricity from them at a reduced rate.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Yolanda Ortiz said “a penny spent is a penny earned.”

“The savings will help us offset future retirement costs,’’ Ortiz added.

The Board of Education approved the project in June.


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