Like many California school districts, the Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) has dealt with fiscal and budgetary shortfalls that have greatly impacted students, teachers and district employees. When MVUSD was looking for a way to reduce its operating costs, district officials decided to partner with SolarCity to reduce the district’s energy costs using solar systems.
SolarCity worked closely with MVUSD to select a portfolio of sites across the district where solar panels could be installed and provide the most savings. SolarCity installed more than 10,000 solar panels at 21 sites, including 19 schools, the district’s support center and the family services center.
MVUSD spends about $3.2 million each year on electricity, and the project is expected to save the district a minimum of $1 million per year for the first five years, and $23 million* over the 25-year agreement. District Assistant Superintendent Bill Olien said, “The savings our district will reap from the solar systems will benefit our general fund and enhance the academic excellence we strive to maintain for our students.”
In addition to installing the solar systems, the agreement with SolarCity includes a 25-year performance guarantee and a 25-year maintenance contract, so the school district can concentrate on educating students while SolarCity monitors and maintains the panels.