Solar panel installation begins at local schools
Virgina Peterson, Kermit King to be first sites to begin installation
– Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will begin installation of solar energy canopies at two school sites starting Monday. The district has six planned solar energy-producing projects across five schools and the district’s Culinary Arts Academy. The project, which required no financial investment, is expected to save the district more than $260,000 within the first year of operation alone.
Installation will begin at both Virginia Peterson Elementary and Kermit King Elementary on Monday, Feb. 27. Both projects should be completed by April 14. At Virginia Peterson, the solar canopies will be placed in the main parking lot which will require parents to use Meadowlark Road as the pick-up and drop-off area. At Kermit King, the solar canopies are being installed in the small south parking lot. The main parking lot in front of Kermit King will not be impacted. Additional school staff will be present both before and after school to help assist. PRJUSD is asking parents and neighbors to give themselves extra time in the morning and afternoon as some congestion is anticipated during the 5-week project.
The entire scope of the project includes solar arrays mounted on carports and shade structures at the following sites: Kermit King Elementary, Virginia Peterson Elementary, Winifred Pifer Elementary, George Flamson Middle, Paso Robles High, and the district Culinary Arts Academy. In addition to producing power, the structures will provide added lighting and shade for parking areas at the sites. All projects are scheduled to be completed in September.