Alternatives Division of Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) today
announced the completion of a ground-mount and parking lot canopy-based
1.2 Megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Golden
Valley Unified School District in Madera, California. The district's
solar system was designed and built by CEI and was installed on canopies
and nearby land owned by the district between February and June of 2012.
"As school budgets continue to be razor thin, we are overjoyed to have a
solar system up and running to offset our electricity costs at Golden
Valley," said Andy lvarado, superintendent of Golden Valley Unified
School District. "Our annual cost of electricity will be no greater than
what we paid in the last year before we converted to solar, thanks to
Cupertino Electric and project manager TerraVerde
Solar System Specifics
CEI installed nearly 4,000 solar panels on Golden Valley Unified School
District property to produce a combined capacity of nearly 1.2
Megawatts. A majority of the solar panels are mounted on unused district
property, while the remaining panels are mounted on school-based
canopies that provide shade for students and faculty. The CEI-built
solar system is expected to produce 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of
electricity each year to offset more than 80 percent of the district's
annual electricity costs.
About Cupertino Electric, Inc.
Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) (www.cei.com)
is a private company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. that has provided
expert engineering and construction services for a constantly evolving
world for more than 58 years. CEI's Energy
Alternatives Division engineers, procures, constructs and maintains
solar and renewable energy solutions. For more information, visit www.cei.com.
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