Parts of San Ramon Valley High School have been without power for several weeks, causing school officials to delay one registration day for the fall semester. Students will now be able to register on Thursday, Aug. 18 and instead of Aug. 11.
Crews had to turn off the school's main switchgear, which powers the whole campus, in order to switch to solar power. Parts of the administration building have been using generator power since.
"Basically, in conjunction with the solar initiative going on at San Ramon High, we found that the main switchgear was the original equipment from the 1950s," said Terry Koehne, community relations coordinator for the school district. "The district through it best to replace that while we were doing all the solar stuff."
Generators have also been used to power the large and smalls gyms for pre-paid outside groups. Koehne said it is not cost effective to move the generators to power the commons for one day.
"Our maintenance department is pretty stretched with other campuses and, coupled with that it's a pretty involved process to change the generator from one area of campus to another, that we decided to reschedule that date," Koehne added.
For added convenience, officials will open the school on Monday, Aug. 22 from 4-7 p.m. for late registration. There will also be a last-minute registration available at 7 a.m. before school begins on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
Before school officially begins, all other solar campuses will be without power for several days while crews test the new system. Residents are encouraged to call their schools for information on power-free days.