Solar Energy for Schools

Promote School Financial Stability with Solar Energy

Private and public schools have found that working with Borrego Solar to deploy a fiscally attractive solar project can offset high energy costs while offering educational opportunities for students and decreasing their carbon footprint.

“In the 16 years I’ve been with the University, this is the smoothest construction project I’ve managed and I don’t have a single negative thing to say about Borrego Solar. I think we put a lot of hurdles in front of the Borrego team, but they were able to get over those in a responsive and timely way and delivered what we wanted.

Jon Lister, Harvard University

According to a report from The Solar Foundation, 450 U.S. school districts could each save more than $1,000,000 over the next 30 years by going solar and as many as 72,000 schools could profit from installing solar.

SCUSD bus carport
Santa Clara Unified School District bus carport solar installation

Public schools also have a variety of incentives and grants available to public institutions that reduce the cost of solar.

Borrego Solar has a proven track record helping schools finance their solar projects. We’ve built 160 megawatts of projects that have been funded, representing $500 million in financing.

We work with a broad range of financing providers and sources to help fund campus solar projects. We model the most cost-effective financing solutions and recommend whichever one best meets our customer’s goals. By utilizing available solar financing, schools that don’t have the capital upfront can still go solar with attractive terms, no costs down, and add positive revenue flows—in year one.
Popular Financing Options Available for Schools:

  • Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA)
  • Solar Operating Lease & Capital Lease
  • Direct Purchase
  • Tax Exempt Municipal Lease
  • General Obligation Bonds (G.O. Bonds)
  • Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS)

Talk with one of our representatives to find out how we can put our project expertise to work for your school or campus.

Investing in Commercial Solar Energy Systems

“It has been gratifying to finally be able to do a project like this in our district. Every dollar we save can go back to the schools towards student instruction. And it’s also a great thing for the environment.”

Larry Adams, Director of School Bond Projects, Santa Clara USD

At Borrego Solar, our school solar energy solutions are comprehensive and come with our state-approved solar curriculum for K12 and higher ed.

K-12 school districts, colleges, and universities looking to highlight their commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs can develop educational opportunities around their renewable energy systems.

Colleges and other instructional institutions can integrate the solar power system into coursework. In addition to having Borrego Solar engineers and project developers guide a solar lesson, Borrego Solar has developed solar curricula to aid teachers in classroom lessons.

Green Your School with Solar Power

Large flat rooftops of school buildings are ideal for large-scale solar projects. Vacant land and fields adjacent to school facilities are often used to develop solar arrays as well. Our team can help you assess available design options best suited for your site and energy needs.

Demonstrate your school’s commitment to the environment by bringing clean energy to your facility. Your institution can be a leader in sustainability by generating its own clean energy with roof-mounted or ground-mounted solar arrays, or by installing solar PV modules atop elevated support structures in parking lots or recess areas.

Why Schools and Universities Choose Borrego Solar

“Since the beginning, Borrego has been really clear in their communication with us. They’ve done an excellent job of explaining the whole process of how a power purchase agreement works, and also how we move forward in the process—from design to construction to completion. They’ve been a really easy partner to work with.

Brian Webb, Sustainability Coordinator, Houghton College

Schools, colleges, and universities consistently choose Borrego Solar because of our proven expertise and integrated services across the full lifecycle of a solar project.

We strive to be trusted advisors to our customers and remain committed to their project’s success throughout all project stages:

  • Site Feasibility Analysis,
  • Project Development,
  • Project Financing Solar Project Design,
  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC), and
  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M)

Call today to see how we can help your school or campus go solar.

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