As the School District moves forward to go solar at the schools, it wants to make sure that installed panels are done in an aesthetic fashion.
If the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education approves the sale of Qualified School Construction Bonds, the district will use the funds for adding fixed-tilt shade structures and/or tracking-shade structures with solar panels at some or all the school parking lots listed above, according to a notice sent home to parents. The parking lot structures would provide shade for cars and support the solar panel arrays.
"The Board of Education and district staff have been working diligently on a possible $25 million solar initiative that would establish 'solar carports' over several school parking lots," explained Superintendent Steve Enoch in his December newsletter. "These structures would consist of either fixed solar panels on the roofs of the carports, or panels that move as they track the sun."
The district wants public input on adding solar panel shade structures in the parking lots at some or all of the following schools:
• California High School
• Dougherty Valley High School
• Monte Vista High School
• San Ramon Valley High School
• Diablo Vista Middle School
• Gale Ranch Middle School
• Iron Horse Middle School
• Quail Run Elementary.
The project would also include new security systems for the parking lots and appropriate lighting.
The district has received examples of installations and renderings of the solar panel shade structures from four possible vendors. These renderings and photographs can be found online at www.srvusd.net.
"Feel free share to share your thoughts on this matter with us and/or attend the Dec. 15 Board of Education meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Education Center where the Board will continue its discussion of this proposal," said Enoch.
Input concerning the planning of this project may be submitted in writing to Ms. Margaret Brown, Facilities Development, 2430 Camino Ramon Suite 240, San Ramon CA 94583 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit written input by Dec. 8.