In the last few years, San Diego Unified’s installed solar panels at almost 40 school sites. Last year, that meant $618,000 in savings for the district.

Now it wants to dream a little bigger.

San Diego Unified is ready to invest tens of millions of dollars on solar panels for school campuses over the next six years. District officials plan to tap into school bond money to pull that off.

All told, the district’s projecting about $4.3 million in savings on electricity bills. Ideally, it’ll spend that money on supporting student needs.

But as NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia and Lisa Halverstadt tell us, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for San Diego Unified’s solar impulses. That’s on this week’s San Diego Explained.

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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