By Sarah Womer for Yuma Sun
The governing board unanimously approved a Solar Service Agreement with SolarCity at a board meeting Monday to install a solar photo voltaic system at Castle Dome in the form of covered parking.
The agreement allows the district to purchase the power generated at a fixed rate of 6.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWH) for the next 20 years. APS is currently charging the district $.083 per KWH.
Larry Marchman of SolarCity said that Castle Dome used about $1.6M in electricity last year, but through the agreement the school’s APS bill would be reduced considerably. During the first year, the district would see a savings of $2,700 and the amount would continue to grow over the course of the agreement.
Superintendent Darwin Stiffler said that there are no out-of-pocket costs for the district to start the program and added that construction will begin in January.
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