*This story was originally posted on June 16th, but we are reposting it due to the fact that we are getting a ton of email/facebook messages asking about the construction in the MDUSD school parking lots.
If you’ve noticed fencing around the parking lot of Clayton Valley High School (pictured above) and other local schools, it’s because those sites will soon be getting covered solar panel parking, and construction is about to begin.
According to the MDUSD, the district’s solar program involves the installation of ground-mounted shade and/or parking structures at 51 district sites. The 51 systems will be installed in three installation increments of approximately seventeen schools/sites per increment. The solar installation is scheduled for completion in April 2012. With a total of 11.2 Megawatts it is presently the largest K-12 public education solar program under contract in the United States. Once fully installed and operating it will reduce the district’s annual PG&E bill by 91% by generating 81% of the District’s energy usage.
To read more about the MDUSD’s solar project, please click HERE.