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Irvine Unified School District goes solar

December 10, 2009 12:51:04 AM PST
The Irvine Unified School District is going solar. Wednesday, officials announced they're teaming up with SPG Solar, Inc. to install solar energy systems at more than 20 of its facilities, including schools and administrative buildings. The overall project is expected to generate 6.6 million kilowatt-hours of clean renewable energy per year. The district will also save more than $17 million in the process.

"This enables the district to 'practice what we preach' as we lower electricity costs by more than $17 million and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 12,000 cars of the road each year ? a win-win-win for our kids, pocketbooks, and planet," said LAUSD Board of Education member Michael Parham.

The solar project will start next year. It's the largest solar program for a public school system in the state of California.