Solar panels at its high schools should save Capistrano USD millions over the next two decades

Students asked Capistrano Unified School District leaders why they weren’t making use of solar power to be more energy efficient and fiscally responsible.

And when district officials looked at the numbers again – with the students looking over their shoulders – they agreed they should be. This spring, the district switched on the first system of solar panels that ultimately will be installed at all six of its high school campuses.

Students in environment clubs in the district approached the school board in 2017 about installing solar panels. Board members asked district staff to look at the option again, and to include students in the process, district spokesman Ryan Burris said.

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