La Crescenta homeowner Bill Ryburn takes pride in his backyard. A pretty expanse of grass is followed by a terraced garden, rustic wood fence, trees and lots of blue sky.
But the agrarian setting, which abuts Monte Vista Elementary School, is about to gain what Ryburn and his neighbors are describing as an unwanted shadow.
The Glendale Unified School District broke ground last week on a $7.2-million project that will see solar panels installed at seven schools, including Monte Vista.
School officials are touting the solar project as a fiscally and environmentally responsible way to leverage dollars from Measure S, a $270-million school bond passed last year. The solar panels, to be mounted atop carport-like structures, are projected to save the district $543,000 in the first year alone, and some $18 million over the next three decades.
“They are high priority because as soon they are operational, they start saving money right away,” district spokesman Steven Frasher said, adding that all the panels should be installed by the start of the school year.