Taft Union High School District, located in Taft, Calif., plans to break ground this summer on a solar project that will be designed and built by REC Solar. Sage Renewable Energy Consulting Inc. has been retained to aid in the vendor selection process and to ensure district goals are met.
The 1.3 MW project comprises a 1.1 MW ground-mount system, located adjacent to Taft Union High School, and a nearly 200 kW carport in the Buena Vista High School parking lot. The system will consist of around 3,750 solar panels and have an annual production capacity of 2.16 million kWh.
In addition, the project will offset 76% of the energy used at Taft Union High School and 97% of the energy at Buena Vista High School. Over a 25-year period, it is expected to save the district $6.2 million and reduce carbon emissions by more than 35,000 metric tons.
As part of the project, REC Solar will be updating the PG&E service substation for Taft Union High School.