Glendale Unified School District is comprised of 31 Schools and more than 2,620 employees, serving 27,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. They serve a culturally diverse group of children with innovative educational programs, some of which include lesson plans on sustainability, renewable energy, and environmental studies. In addition to installing solar on two of the district’s school campuses, Borrego Solar installed monitoring kiosks in high traffic entrances of the schools displaying data in real time that can be incorporated into the classroom experience.
Borrego Solar worked with the Glendale USD to install solar carports on the parking lots of the Glendale High School and Roosevelt Middle School. The parking lots are used for student, staff, and visitor parking, and as a source of revenue for the district (parking spaces are rented); maintaining use and access to the parking lots during construction was of upmost importance to the District. This posed the biggest challenge to the Borrego Solar construction crews and required a well-defined and tightly managed installation schedule that played out in stages. By strategically phasing the construction to one area before moving on to the next, staff was able to satisfy the District’s needs and had minimal impact on campus operations while maintaining the highest safety standards at all times.
Glendale USD was able to finance the construction of its solar carport installation with capital raised from the passage of a $270-million Measure S General Obligation bond. Funds allowed the district to move quickly through the RFP process and since there is no third-party financier involved, the District receives a full credit at retail rates for the kWhs its solar energy systems produce, saving them more than $200,000 annually. As a tax-exempt entity, Glendale USD was not able to monetize on the 30 percent Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) available to solar system owners.