The West Sonoma County Union High School District (WSCUHSD) has started operations of a 834kW solar power system in California, US.

The 834kW solar power system designed, engineered and installed by the Real Goods Solar.

The solar power system will provide about 80% of the power needs at Analy, El Molino and Laguna High Schools.

Funding for the solar installation has been provided through Measure I bond money, and the district will own the power system.

The energy system, 70% elevated solar array and 30% ground mount, consists nearly 2,600 Sunpower 320 modules.

WSCUHSD superintendent Keller McDonald said using solar will save the school district about $250,000 a year, plus the state of California will be providing an incentive for building the project of about $1.1m, to be paid out over the next five years.