Lincoln Unified goes solar
STOCKTON, Jan 10, 2013 (The Record - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Though the sun has been hidden by clouds lately, it's difficult not to think about solar energy when you drive past a Lincoln Unified campus these days.
Sprawling solar-power structures are popping up all over the district. The solar systems will serve all of Lincoln Unified's elementary schools, as well as the district office. Solar energy is expected to start going online during the summer.
Lincoln Unified's dawning solar program is the result of voter approval seven months ago of the district's $48.5 million Measure A bond.
About one-third of the bond is earmarked for the solar systems. Other projects to be paid for by the bond include modernizations at Lincoln High School and at Claudia Landeen and Mable Barron elementary schools.
Passage of the bond in June allowed Lincoln Unified to tap into about $7 million in low-interest federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, an opportunity that would have expired in October had voters rejected Measure A.
District officials have said the solar program will save Lincoln Unified about $1 million a year in energy costs. The savings will be to the district's unrestricted fund, allowing Lincoln Unified to spend more from its general fund on educational programs and less on energy.
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