Today, nearly 200 hundred students, faculty, family and community members attended a solar ribbon-cutting ceremony at Del Mar Pines School in Carmel Valley. The event was in celebration of the elementary school’s recent commercial solar installation, a 26,500-watt system utilizing 98 solar modules and two inverters, The solar power system is estimated to assist the school in avoiding $775,605 in electric bill costs over the next 30 years.
“In the past, we were spending thousands of dollars every year on energy and sending all that money to San Diego Gas & Electric,” said Marci McCord, Director of Del Mar Pines School, speaking to the student body during the ceremony, “Now that we have solar, we can save that money and use it for resources for our students and for our educational initiatives.”
The science classroom at Del Mar Pines School has a monitor where students can view their solar power system’s production on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. The solar power system will be integrated into the school’s curriculum.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the students engaged in two educational sessions on solar energy taught by Sullivan Solar Power’s community development team. It afforded students the opportunity to learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy, understand where the energy that powers their classrooms will now come from and why clean energy is important.
“Our vision is to fundamentally change the way we generate electricity to rid fossil fuel consumption, and we believe that education plays a large role in accomplishing this feat,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power, “We are proud to help Del Mar Pines School declare energy independence while educating their students about the pathway to a brighter future.”
Sullivan Solar Power is proud to follow strict quality control and quality assurance guidelines that have allowed the company to secure multiple contracts with schools throughout San Diego, including Encinitas Unified School District, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, and many others.
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