Standard Solar developing 21 solar canopies for Southern California school district
Southern California’s Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is taking a meaningful step toward its sustainability goals by adding solar awnings to 21 of its schools.
Standard solar energy finances and will own and operate the portfolio of more than 4 MW of hood systems. The project was developed in collaboration with EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems. Of the 21 school sites, 14 are now operational. The rest will be delivered in October.
“Standard Solar commends the Long Beach Unified School District for taking this important step to reduce environmental impact,” said Shaun Laughlin, US Head of Strategic Development, Partnerships, Project Finance and Acquisitions at Standard Solar. “Adding these projects to our property portfolio directly supports our efforts to increase our capital employed in the West.”
The canopy systems will help reduce the urban heat island effect (UHI) often generated in densely populated, urban areas such as those in the district.
A UHI is an urban area that is considerably warmer than the surrounding countryside due to human activities. The solar awnings can minimize peak energy demand in summer, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Clean energy is an essential part of our neighborhood-wide sustainability efforts. Our partnership with Standard Solar will help reduce our carbon footprint and save the district millions of dollars over the 25-year agreement, ”said Alan Reising, administrator of Alan Long Beach Unified School District Business Services.
EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems is a mechanical and energy services company with operations in California, Arizona and Nevada and is a subsidiary of EMCOR group.
“EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems is delighted to be part of the 21 solar energy projects for the Long Beach Unified School District as an installer,” said Robert Lake, president of EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems. “In addition to generating electricity from a sustainable renewable energy source, the canopies will provide shady areas for the students. We applaud LBUSD for their vision in implementing this aggressive project that will deliver cheaper, clean energy in the coming years. “
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