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Clean Power Systems has completed the installation of a solar electricity system for the new Carlsbad Country Day School at 5150 Hemingway Drive in Carlsbad, according to Kirk Mulligan, president and CEO of Clean Power.

Mulligan said the school's solar electricity system features 154 SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWR) 215-watt photovoltaic panels that will generate up to 4,824 kW hours of electricity per month for the school.

The system will save Carlsbad Country Day School an average of $770 per month, or about $400,000 over a 30-year period, off its current electricity bill.

The 17,500-square-foot Carlsbad Country Day School opened in November 2006 and has 160 children from six weeks to 6 years old.

According to the school, during daylight hours with the solar system running on full efficiency, it is providing nearly 100 percent of the Carlsbad Country Day School's electrical needs.

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