The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is going solar in a big way with projects at three sites.
The solar projects will save money and natural resources for future generations of students.
At SDCOE's main campus in San Diego, a project to install a solar power system starts today. That system is expected to save SDCOE $282,000 a year.
Parking at the main campus will be significantly impacted from Oct. 23 to Dec. 15 as the system is installed.
Separate and smaller solar projects are being planned for the South County Regional Education Center in National City and Cuyamaca Outdoor School in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
The projects are part of a larger sustainability push led by SDCOE's Green Team. Other projects expected over the next several months include energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning at some sites.
"The solar project is an exciting step toward SDCOE's goal to use less energy and save money that can be put back into our programs and classrooms," said Bill Dos Santos, senior director of facility planning services for SDCOE.