School District Solar Project Drags On

Nine months after its planned completion, the Sonoma Valley Unified School District's solar project still has no end date


When the began , the district had an ambitious three-month installation plan, with hopes to wrap up in August before the start of the school year.

But nearly nine months after the scheduled finish the installation is ongoing, and still without a final end-point. 

Superintendent Justin Frese is hopeful the project will be completed within a month, the Sonoma Index-Tribune is reporting

Delays plagued the project, caused by construction, plan approvals and, yes, gophers, who have been eating at plants on school grounds. The district is looking into pest control and new landscaping.

Still, the district is at the mercy of construction timelines, according to the I-T.

Frese said the completion date depends largely on when the contractor, Roebbelen, finishes wiring and testing the units, and after that, a walk-through and testing must be done by PG&E.

“There are several layers of inspections,” Frese said. “The contractor and their subcontractors do certain tests and inspections. We do inspections as well. And I believe PG&E also does inspections during their interconnection process.”

Do you live near a district school? Has construction changed your schedule at all? Do you think the extended timeline will effect students or residents?

Irene Morgan May 11, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I hope we get this project completed. In the long run, using solar energy will save money that the schools can use for educational programs.
Dee Baucher May 11, 2012 at 09:14 PM
The taxpayers of this community were fleeced in this hair-brained scheme. The consultants who sold this whole idea to our school district, so that they could sell it to us in the form of a bond, took advantage of a small town without an intelligent press. The voters were manipulated into voting for a "politically correct"/"environmentally correct" item..... so that the school district could utilize another fraudulent scheme to garner money (which they continue to mismanage). The actual energy and environmental calculations were never correctly studied or accurately compiled.... because the school district's only real goal was to have an excuse to shift money from one pile into another... for the purpose of justifying further over-budget spending. Once again... the voters were taken advantage of by the school district... but also by the local press who deliberately failed to ask the questions or raise the issues that voters needed answered.
Richard May 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Like many other things, this project has been subjected to delays. But I am optimistic that once it gets going, the project will have a positive impact. Not only will it ultimately save funds that would be spent on energy, but it will teach the next generation about environmentally sounds ways of producing energy.
Elizabeth MacDonald May 12, 2012 at 03:24 PM
A great read about this incredible waste of taxpayer money. http://news.yahoo.com/solar-energy-school-propaganda-101-070000430.html
Penny Byrd May 13, 2012 at 03:41 AM
10 million dollars,for this project that is now costing more money it was suppose to go online Nov1,still not 1 schools solar power is working now a bake sale to fund sports programs in the middle schools,the most at risk time in a kids life....


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