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23,000 Solar Panels to be Installed Across San Diego School District

With its ample sunshine and relatively high electricity rates, southern California offers what are arguable the country's most favorable conditions for solar power. The decision makers at San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) seem to understand this -- and are aiming to take advantage.

In partnership with AMSOLAR Corporation, SDUSD will see some 23,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed atop 80 roofs at 22 sites across San Diego. At 5 megawatts (MW) in size, the system as a whole is expected to provide 64 percent of the required electricity for each site, while generating 11 percent of SDUSD district-wide electricity consumption.

Like most larger-scale solar power projects in the commercial and government sector, the San Diego Unified School District project will be completed under the terms of a power purchase agreement (PPA),

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In New Jersey, Toys 'R' Us Becomes Solar Panels 'R' Us

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, May 11 2011 under: Power Purchase Agreement, Commercial Solar, Toys R Us, New Jersey Solar

Toys "R" Us is the latest company to transition to solar power -- and it's doing so in a big way.

The New Jersey-based retailer today announced it will install two photovoltaic (PV) energy systems in an effort to reduce annual electricity costs and green its operations.

At 5.38-megawatts (MW), the first system will be big. Real big. In fact,

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New 'Open Source' PPA Aims to Cut Costs for Solar Energy Projects

When it comes to large solar energy installations in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors, rarely are the solar panels and the host building owned by the same entity.

In other words, say Walmart installs solar power atop one of its stores. Instead of going it alone and owning the system itself, the retailer instead contracts with one or more other companies to get the project done. A solar company may design, install and maintain the system, which may actually be owned by, say, a third-party financing firm. Walmart, for its part, simply agrees to purchase the system's electricity output at a fixed rate for a specified term.

This arrangement -- and variations thereof -- is commonly called a power purchase agreement (PPA).

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School District in Northern California Continues Solar Power Trend

Just days after southern California's San Dieguito Union High School District installed solar "carports" above parking areas at two of its high schools, northern California's Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD), just south of San Francisco, completed a similar project of its own.

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