The sun was shining Monday afternoon as the San Lorenzo Unified School District (SLZUSD) and Chevron Energy Solutions announced the completion of their solar energy project.
Dozens turned up to celebrate the end to the months-long effort through a green ribbon-cutting ceremony at the San Lorenzo High School's gymnasium.
The project is expected to save the district a total of $4.5 million in its lifespan according to SLZUSD Superintendent Dr. Dennis Byas.
It was funded through Measure O, the general obligation bond passed by voters in November 2008 to renovate and modernize San Lorenzo schools.
The savings will go towards SLZUSD's general fund.
"Every dollar we're able to save with this program goes back to student programs," Byas said.
Teresa Mayer, CFO and Director of Finance for Chevron Energy Solutions, said the first $1 million in savings is expected to come by 2017.
The solar canopies, which generate 1,021 kilowatts of clean energy, reduce SLZUSD's utility costs and also provide students and staff with shaded parking.
The eight facilities in which panels were installed include Arroyo High, Bohannon Middle School, the district office, Del Rey Elementary, East Bay Arts High, Hesperian Elementary, Lorenzo Manor Elementary, and San Lorenzo High.
As part of the celebration Chevron touted the solar array on the giant screen at Times Square.