The Milpitas school district which encompasses San Jose California. has made an agreement with the Bank of America and Chevron to install Solar Panels on the roofs of schools and college campuses. Chevron and the Bank of America will be the owners of the solar panels and will sell the school district the power at a cheaper rate than Pacific Gas and Electric, the primary gas and electric company in the area.
The district's energy bill was $1.8 million a year. After the completed installation the district will be saving $1.2 million a year.
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* Editor Pat; It's good to see the school systems embrace solar but we should be leery of the big international corporations getting their hands on solar. We DO NOT want the biggies having anything to do with any sort of regulation of solar energy, technology or equipment. Private investors and private small business has to stay in the game here and make sure solar technology doesn't go the way of all things. We don't need multinational companies grabbing solar and dictating to everyone else how the sun's energy will be used! You just know they have to be planning it. Thoughts like 'How can we monopolize this industry?' must be pouring throught their greedy little brains.
Medium and small businesses have to embrace wind and solar and start supporting private companies that do research and development in these areas. Solar Energy and Wind Power are going to very important options for our future, but we must be vigilant and handle them smartly.