In March, 2011, Dixie School District’s solar program went live and the District became Marin County’s first school district to own its own solar powered systems. With the goal to not impact the District’s general fund, the project was funded through a no interest Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) and a $400,000 grant from the Marin Community Fund. The CREB’s is repaid with energy cost savings and through a 5 year rebate program offered by PG&E.
The District has also benefited by offering school programs that aid in educating students on the benefits of clean renewable energy sources. In addition, the District’s website has links allowing students and the community to view an online solar monitoring system for each of the four school sites.
Now five years into the program we can see the environmental and financial benefits to having our own solar program in place. Since 2010-2011 the system has generated 2,159,258 Kilowatts per hour (kwh). A breakdown of kwh generated by year for each school site is available at http://media.wix.com/ugd/