Largest School – Based Solar Project in the U.S. Completed
Antelope Valley Union High School District has “flipped the switch” on its 9.6 MW solar power installation at 10 school sites
ANTELOPE VALLEY, CA – (October 27, 2011). The largest school-‐based solar project in the United States was recently completed by PsomasFMG, an emerging leader in the development of turnkey solar solutions and one of the fastest-‐growing companies in Southern California. The $52 million, 9.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project for the Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) was installed at 10 school sites—with the school district bearing none of the upfront costs.
Through a public-‐private partnership with the AVUHSD, PsomasFMG provided a turn-‐key solar solution from project conception to system design, including financing, installation, operation and maintenance. PsomasFMG arranged for funding through a private investor that financed all of the school district’s design, engineering and construction costs. From a signed agreement to full operation, the fast-‐tracked project began generating green power for the school district in just 15 months.
“While having our very first completed project be the largest school-‐based solar installation in the country is gratifying, we are even more pleased at how quickly we got from concept to contract to operation,” said Paul Mikos, executive vice president of PsomasFMG. “The success of this project shows that our model can work—and work very well—for far-‐sighted clients such as the Antelope Valley Union High School District. It’s pretty amazing when you consider that the school district—with no money down; in fact, no capital investment whatsoever—is now producing clean, green energy, while saving money on its utility bills. These savings can be redirected to fund education programs or teacher salaries that might otherwise have been cut from the budget.”
More than 40,000 photovoltaic panels were installed atop steel-‐frame canopies that provide shaded parking for 4,000 faculty and student vehicles at Antelope Valley Adult Center, Antelope Valley High School, Desert Winds West Valley High School, Eastside High School, Highland High School, Lancaster High School, Littlerock High School, Palmdale High School, Pete Knight High School, and Quartz Hill High School. Separately, each school generates less than one MW of the school district’s collective 9.6 MW installation, and is expected to produce enough green energy to offset 80 percent of its electrical needs. Southern California Edison is supplementing the remaining energy requirements at a reduced rate. Moreover, during the next 20 years, the AVUHSD expects to substantially reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Recently recognized by the California Environmental Protection Agency for its exemplary and innovative green solutions, the PsomasFMG is underway on several turn-‐key installations that will generate up to 20 MW of green energy for school districts and public agencies. In Orange County for the County of Orange, PsomasFMG is nearing completion of its 3593.6 kilowatt solar power installation at six sites. In nearby Palmdale for the Palmdale School District, phase one of the 5.9-‐MW solar project is being constructed at 18 sites, where each site is less than 1 MW. This fall, the company will begin construction on several new projects totaling an additional 10 MW.
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, PsomasFMG provides affordable solar systems to its clients by utilizing a combination of engineering know-‐how, private investor financing, and federal and state subsidies. The company is led by a diverse group of veteran CEOs who have managed numerous ventures through complete business life cycles.
PsomasFMG has the ability to provide turn-‐key solar solutions from project conception and system design to financing, installation, operation and maintenance. For more information about PsomasFMG, go to http://www.psomasfmg.com or call (714) 408-‐2982.
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