Bellevue school district is expected to switch its new multi-million dollar solar program on next week. District officials, along with Sonoma County Supervisors Efren Carrillo and Shirlee Zane, Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares, and other officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week.
The $3.9 million project was paid for by $1.5 million in Measure J funds and the rest through a 30-year lease. District officials said future bonds are expected to be used to pay off the lease.
Arrays cover where the Bellevue School parking lot is expected to be located. The other three campuses have arrays over student play areas to provide shade.
The project is designed to produce approximately 80-88 percent of the district’s electrical energy use, according to district officials.
Officials said the project could save the district $3.3 million over its lifetime.