Solar Power Roofs Top San Diego Schools

California has been on the forefront of environmental issues, and the city of San Diego is no exception. The Beach Boys song “It Never Rains in Southern California” strikes true and San Diego is among the top ranking sunshine cities in the US. It should come as no surprise that San Diego is taking advantage of this natural resource and installing solar panels on top of 20 school sites.

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) in conjunction with AMSOLAR Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Payom Solar AG, announced plans to install a 5 MW solar power system under a long term power purchase agreement. The project will total 23,000 solar panels atop 80 roofs across San Diego. There will also be solar carports at six sites as well. Participating schools in the most recent project are:

  • Baker Elementary
  • Benchley/Weinberger Elementary
  • Boone Elementary
  • Clairemont High
  • Edison Elementary
  • Emerson Elementary
  • Encanto Elementary
  • Freese Elementary
  • Gage Elementary
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Kearny High
  • Lincoln High
  • Madison High
  • Mission Bay High
  • Morse High
  • Revere Center
  • Scripps Ranch High
  • Sherman Elementary
  • University City High
  • Valencia Elementary

Image via AMSOLAR

This system will provide 64 percent of the required electricity for each of these sites and generate 11 percent of SDUSD’s total district-wide energy need. SDUSD currently has solar panels atop 28 different school sites for a combined 4.17 MW of energy. With the completion of this project, SDUSD will be providing 9.17 MW total for 48 schools.

Besides providing the rooftops with solar panels, AMSOLAR will also be engaging the SDUSD schools and community by funding initiatives for solar energy awareness, education and exploration. This investment will help show, as Jared Blumenfeld, Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region says, “the practical lesson that clean energy solutions can reduce costs and air pollution at the same time.”

1 Comment

  • Reply June 22, 2011

    Jon Skocik

    Go San Diego! Solar power is a great way to contribute to a sustainable world.u00a0The issues facing us are complex, and I recently joined a team that is producing a documentary that explores this important topic. It’s called Sust Enable: the Metamentary. To learn more, visit our website: You can also check out our Indie GoGo campaign here:

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