Installing a photovoltaic power plant on the solar canopy in the Huntington Beach City School District of California

Huntington Beach City School District (HBCSD) is a school complex of 6,800 students spread across 7 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools.
HBCSD pursued the goal of achieving immediate annual savings on utility costs to guard against future rises in utility electricity rates, while switching to green electricity.
A partnership with ENGIE Services US since 2010 enabled the installation of 22,212 solar modules in the form of photovoltaic solar shades which, as well as providing shade to students in outdoor spaces, generate a total of 7.77 MWc of capacity from 7 different school sites.
A backup diesel generator to increase the independence of the network has also been installed. Annual production reaches 12,670 MWh, with excess energy being re-injected into the distribution network.

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