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Soquel High School, a public high school serving 1200 students in Soquel, CA, had two main motivations for using the sun for electricity. First, financial incentives in California allowed the school to save money immediately. Second, going green was in line with the mission of the school to encourage students to responsibly contribute to society. The school set an example of social responsibility and was able to show the economic and environmental impacts of solar power. The solar array at Soquel High School is the largest solar PV project in Santa Cruz county and one of the largest school projects in California.
The system is expected to produce approximately 40% of the school’s electricity. For students and teachers the solar installation offers a hands-on learning experience in social, economic, and environmental responsibility.