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Contact Information

RIchard Lowell
Director of Facilities
(925) 552-2970

San Ramon Valley USD
Facilities Development

3280 Crow Canyon Rd.
San Ramon, CA 94583

Solar Overview

SRVUSD is proud of its initiative to construct and operate solar arrays in the parking lots of five schools in the District: California High School (CHS), Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS), Monte Vista High School (MVHS), San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS), and Diablo Vista Middle School (DVMS). These five systems are comprised of more than 10,000 panels. The systems, by contract, began converting solar energy to electricity at these schools starting October 1, 2011.  Gale Ranch Middle School (GRMS) was added in 2012.  Phase 1


December 2015 - At its December 8, 2015 meeting, the Board of Education authorized staff to execute an agreement with SunPower Corporation for photovoltaic systems at up to 16 additional school sites.  The project will be financed using Clean Renewable Energy Bonds. Phase 2

CHS 2014 CHS 2014 CHS Solar Installation Progress Photos August 2011 DVHS Solar Installation Progress Photos August 2011 DVHS Solar Installation Progress Photos August 2011 DVMS Solar Installation Progress Photos August 2011 Diablo Vista Middle School Monte Vista High School Monte Vista High School SRVHS Solar Installation Progress Photos August 2011 SRVHS SunPower aerial 111511
Status area


  • First 5 schools completed in 2011
  • First Year Expected Output:  6.2 million kWh/year overall at 5 schools:
  • Gale Ranch was added in 2012 (fixed tilt)
  • Over 10,000 panels district-wide.  SunPower panels are the most efficient in the world at converting solar energy to electricity
  • System data by site:


System Rating

(kW DC)

Expected 1st Year Output


California HS



Dougherty Valley HS



Monte Vista HS



San Ramon Valley HS



Diablo Valley MS



Subtotal first 5 sites:



Gale Ranch MS







  • System will generate over 2/3 of the electricity required to run these five schools
  • The project is funded by $25,000,000 in low interest QSCBs.  The SunPower contract for design and construction of a 3.4 mW system is $23,277,682.  Balance of funding may be used for inspection, security, bond costs, technical consultants, contingency for hidden conditions, and other soft costs.  In 2012 Gale Ranch was added for $1,499,135.
  • Base prices without maintenance or performance guarantee:
    • First 5:  $22,725,261 ($6.65 per kWp)
    • Gale Ranch:  1,379,452 ($5.03 per kWp)
  • 17 year output guaranteed by SunPower at 95% of expected performance
    • If actual performance is less than the adjusted expected performance, SunPower will pay the district for lost savings based on historical rates – as well as lost utility rebates.
  • Warranties
    • Solar panels have 25 year warranties
    • Inverters have 20 year warranties
  • Maintenance agreement for 17 years included in price
  • The height of the support structures range from 12 feet to 18 feet high, with the tracker systems mounted on top.  Gale Ranch is fixed tilt
  • The project has been reviewed and approved by the Division of State Architect as well as the local and State Fire Marshals.  Notification requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) have been met.

Performance Monitoring

Solar cumulative data monitoring: click here!

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FAQs related to district's PH1 solar initiative

Q: What is the San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s current Solar Project?

A: SRVUSD is in the final stages of constructing solar arrays in the parking lots of five schools in the District: ...more