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Yuma’s Castle Dome School Adds Solar Panels

By Sarah Womer for Yuma Sun

Castle Dome Middle School is expected to receive solar panels this year, thanks to an agreement signed by Yuma Elementary District 1 and SolarCity Corp.

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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