Onsite Renewable Energy
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Electricity Generation Systems
Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is committed to both energy conservation and sustainability for the betterment of our community. LBUSD has implemented their board approved Sustainability Plan (hyperlink) that will address issues such as climate change, renewable energy, and more.
LBUSD Sustainability Plan
Board Policy 3510.1 - Green School Operations - Energy and Sustainability Policy
Through our Facilities and Planning Departments, LBUSD has implemented the construction of solar photovoltaic (PV) structures at more than 2 dozen schools in parking lots, playgrounds, and nearby fields. Solar PV is an alternative energy source to produce clean electricity for school facilities which reduces the overall greenhouse gas emissions footprint of the District. These solar structures not only produce clean energy but are also a cost savings measure as these mitigate rising electric utility costs. In addition to renewable energy, these structures also provide shade to students, teachers and staff.
Phase I – Completed in 2015
LBUSD has started with an initial implementation of three solar sites at Cabrillo, Lakewood and Millikan High Schools. These sites have a combined total capacity of over 2.2 MW and have been producing clean electricity since 2014.
Phase II – Completed in 2023
Phase II continued the expansion of renewable electricity generation with an additional 21 schools (see below) that have a total capacity of nearly 5 MW of power.
- Solar Panels at Cabrillo to Save $2M
- Board of Education Workshop
- Curriculum Environmental Sustainability
- Standard Solar
- Long Beach Press-Telegram
- Sustainability Plan