With utility costs on the rise, the Rancho Santa Fe School District has been contemplating the implementation of solar panels.
Coast News Group reports that the RSF School District is considering a power purchasing agreement, similar to a solar leasing option that residential properties use.
“[Superintendent Lindy] Delaney said the advantages of a power purchase agreement are that the company owns the solar panels and are responsible for any repairs and equipment. In their preliminary research, Delaney said that some school districts which have purchased the solar equipment were not as happy because sometimes the repair costs offset any savings.”
There is also the consideration of placing solar panels on the roof, which was built in 1991, Delaney explained.
“Delaney said her focus was threefold: a power purchase agreement with Panasonic who owns the solar equipment, to research another solar company, or to wait until the new gym is built or the existing one is renovated,” Coast News Group reports.