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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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California's Camp Pendleton Goes Solar

Posted by nmukhar@gmail.com In Thursday, February 3 2011 under: Solar Power Info, San Diego Solar, Marines, Camp Pendleton

This afternoon, California's Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to usher in its brand new, 6,000-panel solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system. The system is expected to generate roughly 2,400 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity each year. According to 10 News in San Diego, that's enough to power about 400 homes on the base each year.

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Two High Schools Save Money With Solar Power in San Diego

La Costa Canyon High School and Canyon Crest Academy -- two high schools in northern San Diego, California -- have installed one-megawatt (MW) solar "carports" above parking areas that will each account for 70 percent of each school's needs. According to Sign on San Diego, the solar energy systems are set to be fully functional by January 2011.

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Envision Solar to Provide Solar Carports for Chevy Volt

Envision Solar has enjoyed a number of early successes. The San Diego-based start-up has erected its solar-powered carports models at Kyocera, the University of San Diego and a local McDonald's. Now, Envision has caught its first big fish in the industry.

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San Diego Solar Installer Launches Military Discount Program

Stellar Solar, a San Diego-based solar power installation company, today announced the launch of a new program that offers a discount on residential solar energy systems for active and retired members of the armed services in San Diego County. The news comes amid an on-going discussion in the Pentagon -- and beyond -- about how to best reduce the military's dependence on fossil fuels.

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Annual Tour to Showcase San Diego Solar Homes

The 15th Annual National Solar Tour, the world's "largest grassroots solar event," is set to kickoff today across the country as solar-powered homes and businesses will open their doors to the public. Sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the tours showcase how photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar hot water systems can help cut electricity bills and reduce reliance on carbon-based sources of energy.

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SDG&E Photovoltaic Initiative Approved in California

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, September 7 2010 under: utility, San Diego Solar, SDG&E, California Solar, Utility Solar

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in southern California will begin a program in which the utility company will provide another 100 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity to its customers.

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AT&T, SunEdison to Bring Another 2MW of Solar Power to CA

Monday marked an important day for the California solar industry as AT&T and SunEdison introduced a new San Diego, California rooftop solar energy installation that is expected to produce 420,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy during its first year of operation. According to MarketWatch, the system will generate over 7.7 million kWh of energy over a 20-year lifespan -- enough to power 720 homes in the United States each year.

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San Diego Schools Find Way to Go Solar During Cash Crunch

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, August 12 2010 under: San Diego Solar, Solar Schools, Solar PV Panels, California Solar

Many school districts around the country are facing a common dilemma: they want to incorporate new programs and technology but are battling budget cuts. In such a trying financial climate, long-term investments -- like renewable energy -- are completely out of the question... right? Think again.

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Ronald McDonald House of San Diego Invests in Solar Energy

Homes and businesses in California's San Diego County have been among the nation's trailblazers in solar energy. Ronald McDonald House recently added to that trend by installing a rooftop solar system at its San Diego branch.

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