Scottsdale Unified School District

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Key Facts

Location 4 Schools in Scottsdale, AZ
Project Size 2.2 MW
Installed 2009 - 2011
Est. CO² Reduction 6M lbs/year
Est. Energy Production 3.8M kWh/year
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"SolarCity has been a valuable partner in our efforts to green our schools without pulling financial resources away from our classrooms. These four schools will benefit from immediate costs savings today and long-term savings for future students."


- David Peterson Superintendent at SUSD

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SolarCity Helps Scottsdale Unified School District Tap Arizona Sunshine for Savings

Schools in across the country are grappling with declining budgets and rising electricity rates. In Arizona, electricity rates have increased almost 25% in the last decade. At the same time the cost of solar power has come down and new financing opportunities allow schools to go solar without the upfront cost.

Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) took advantage of SolarCity's Solar Service Agreement (SSA) to help four schools deploy solar and lock in years of future energy savings. Instead of owning the solar systems, SUSD will simply pay for the clean solar power the systems produce every month. The solar power rate is set in advance and is typically lower than the electricity rates sourced from the utility grid, so schools can start saving money right away. The SSA provides a secure hedge against energy inflation and millions of dollars in much needed savings.

Experienced Crews Complete Installation While School is in Session

SolarCity has installed more than 120 school projects to date and is well versed in the challenges of executing construction projects at educational facilities. Schools often prefer to wait to begin construction until the summer, when school is not in session. However, the intense Arizona summer heat can be prohibitive for the men and women working. Therefore, SolarCity developed a comprehensive construction plan and was able to meet the rigorous safety requirements and complete the installation with minimal disruption to students or faculty while school was in session.