Schools are a great place to install solar power. It’s a showcase of applicable technology for kids to learn from and a great way for cash-strapped school districts to save some money. Case in point, Alta Energy is on its way to helping Poway Unified School District (PUSD) save $250,000 annually in energy costs through a power purchase agreement (PPA).
“PUSD has long been a sustainability leader among California’s public schools, and we’re happy to continue that tradition with this project to put solar on our relocatable classrooms,” said Chad Koster, director of Facilities at the Poway Unified School District. “Our PPA with Sovereign Modular (now Alta Energy) will simultaneously serve as a great educational resource for our students and allow us to achieve significant savings on our electricity bills.”
Through the PPA Alta is working with the school district to install solar power on modular classrooms at 16 campuses with no out-of-pocket expenses. In all, the company will install 715 kilowatts of solar panels, which, under the PPA, are expected to reduce the school district’s energy costs by 13 percent resulting in the annual savings of $250,000 or $5 million over the life of the contract.
“Sovereign Modular’s unique offering adds another powerful tool to Alta Energy’s belt and supports our overall mission to enable renewable energy solutions for commercial, industrial and institutional clients in California and beyond,” said Sam Lee, CEO of Alta Energy.
As part of Alta’s acquisition of Sovereign Modular, it gained access to the latter’s system of standardized, fast-track permitting for these modular classroom solar installations. Alta said it is now able to help schools quickly and cost-effectively go solar. It said it could cut monthly utility bills at schools by up to 25 percent.
Sovereign CEO Marc Roper also joined Alta Energy as vice president of marketing. “Schools in particular stand to gain a lot by going solar, and small systems can provide big benefits,” Roper said. “Adding a PV system to even one or two relocatable classrooms can qualify a school for a much more favorable utility rate, which unlocks savings beyond what the solar panels create on their own. We are excited to combine the expertise and resources of Sovereign Modular and Alta Energy to bring this new twist on solar to public schools across the state.”Tweet