Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD), a K-12 school district with more than 11,300 students, partnered with Borrego Solar to install 1.6 MW of solar capacity expected to save $1.5 million in energy costs over 25 years. Borrego Solar has completed more than 14 MW of commercial solar installations across 70 sites for K-12 schools in California. The system is comprised of three solar shade structure installations at Christopher High and Gilroy High, which will offset approximately 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually — the same amount emitted from driving five million miles in a passenger car.
The projects will produce about 2.7 million kW-hours of energy in the first year, which is the equivalent to the amount needed to power approximately 375 average homes annually. The solar systems are sized to offset approximately 77 percent of the current electricity usage at those two schools.
SunRaise Investments owns the installations and will sell the power to GUSD over the 25-year PPA term. Through a PPA, GUSD was able to deploy solar without any upfront capital outlay or additional costs over the system’s lifetime, while having control over their energy costs long-term.