Alta Loma School District Unveils Solar Panel System


The Alta Loma School District will officially “flip the switch” on the new solar energy project that featured installation of solar panels at all 10 schools in the district, along with the District Support Center administrative offices.

Open to the public, the ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Alta Loma Junior High School. The school is located at 9000 Lemon Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga.

The 1.97-megawatt solar system, which was installed through a partnership between the Alta Loma School District and PFMG Solar, LLC, is expected to provide 73 percent of the energy used by the district, offsetting ALSD’s electricity costs and consumption from Southern California Edison and potentially saving the district $9 million over the next 25 years.

“We’re proud that the Alta Loma School District is doing its part to be responsible to our community by conserving energy, reducing pollution and protecting our environment,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “We are already drawing nearly three-quarters of our power from the new system. At the same time, we are also being mindful of our finances and will be able to save significant energy dollars both immediately and well into the future.”

ALSD, community and student representatives are scheduled to speak at the event, which will also feature a performance by the Alta Loma Junior High School Jazz Band. A reception will follow the celebration.

PFMG Solar designed, financed, built and is operating the system at 11 sites through a 25-year power purchase agreement that enables the school district to convert to solar power with no upfront costs or tax dollars. Third-party ownership of the system allows ALSD to realize immediate savings and better predict and manage future energy costs.