The Mt. Diablo, California, school district will soon begin building the first part of its major solar generation project.

Beginning in June, the school district will break ground on the first part of a three-phase solar construction project that will span 51 sites in all, according to a report from the Contra Costa Times. The first project will install solar panels at 17 different sites by the end of September, and the overall project should be completed by April 2012.

The project, which has been funded by taxpayer dollars, will help offset the school district’s sizeable energy bill, the report said. In all, it could save the entity $3 million a year. The project itself is expected to cost about $67.4 million.
The plan also has its opponents, however, as some believe the installation of these systems will be large and unsightly, the report said.

Many municipal organizations are now beginning work on solar projects using taxpayer money to help offset energy costs, as well as to help make the buildings they own more efficient and better for the planet.

source: coolerplanet