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SMUSD’s Upcoming Solar Project

San Marcos Unified is moving forward with an exciting district-wide project to install solar panels at many of our school sites. Tesla (formerly SolarCity) will install, maintain, and operate their solar panel system without any upfront costs to the District.  Savings from this initiative will amount to approximately $30 million dollars over our 20-year contract with Tesla.

For an overview on our solar project, please watch this short video.

Each phase of construction is completed in stages of prep work, fencing, drilling, completing the underground electrical, and installation.  Starting with Paloma Elementary on October 14, 2017, the prep team will begin working on site.  Once the prep work is completed at Paloma, they will move on to the next school in Phase 1, while the drilling team will begin work at Paloma – and so on and so forth.  This process will continue until all of the schools in Phase 1 are completed.  For visuals on this process, click here.

The phases are as follows:

 

  • PHASE 1:  Paloma Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, Woodland Park Middle, and Mission Hills High.
  • PHASE 2:  Twin Oaks Elementary, Joli Ann Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, and Knob Hill Elementary
  • PHASE 3:  Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Middle, Double Peak, San Marcos High, and Carrillo Elementary

 

In addition to working with the Division of State Architects (DSA) to ensure that all applicable rules/regulations are followed, our Facilities and Maintenance team have worked closely with each of our principals to determine the ideal location for the panels.  As many of our sites will have solar panels installed in their parking lot, parking will be affected during the 6-12 week construction period.  Families will receive a letter from their site prior to any work commencing.  You can also check your school’s website for more information on construction dates and parking/drop off adjustments.

For questions or concerns regarding this project, please email solar@smusd.org.

San Marcos still has room for major developments

University District in San Marcos

The city of San Marcos still has room for large-scale projects, although the lack of redevelopment funds may make construction difficult.

Along with many projects, the 214-acre San Marcos’ Creek District Specific Plan was about to be implemented when the state of California eliminated redevelopment agencies in 2012.

While that financing vehicle is gone, city officials and developers are proceeding on the assumption the money will somehow be cobbled together.

Located along San Marcos Creek, between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard, the plan calls for 2,300 residential dwelling units, 1,265,000 square feet of retail and as much as 589,000 square feet of office space.

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VALLECITOS BOARD ADOPTS ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY DROUGHT REGULATIONS

Vellecitos Water District Office

VALLECITOS BOARD ADOPTS ADDITIONAL EMERGENCY DROUGHT REGULATIONS  

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors took action in response to the Governor’s Executive Order and the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) emergency urban water conservation regulations.

The Board voted to limit outdoor irrigation to 8 minutes per station, two days per week from June 1 through October 31. This will help the District achieve the 24% reduction in water use mandated by the Governor.

In addition, the Board also adopted edicts from the SWRCB’s emergency drought resolution in their new ordinance. The District’s ordinance now restricts watering within 48 hours of a rain event, irrigating street medians and adjacent landscape strips using potable water and requires all leaks to be repaired within 48 hours of notification by the District. The new Ordinance can be found here: http://www.vwd.org/home/showdocument?id=3800. The existing Policy on conservation can be found here: http://www.vwd.org/home/showdocument?id=821.

The District is committed to its community-wide conservation goal aimed at keeping as much water as possible in storage for 2015 and beyond. As a proactive measure, the District initiated drought patrols in its service area. District employees are on duty in the pre-dawn hours and during the day looking for drought ordinance violations. When a violation is spotted, the information is noted and the customer will be contacted to provide assistance with ways to conserve water, available water conservation rebates, as well as general information on how the District can help customers save water.

Since the patrols started on May 11, staff has documented over 250 instances of water waste. Nearly all of them are due to irrigation runoff. If a runoff problem exists, it could be caused by many factors, most easily repaired or adjusted, including broken or misaligned sprinkler heads, compacted soil, or sprinklers that may be running for too long. The District urges all customers to check their irrigation system and correct any problems. For more information or to schedule a free irrigation audit, please visit www.vwd.org.

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About Vallecitos Water District: As an independent, special district, Vallecitos is dedicated to providing water, wastewater and reclamation services to approximately 97,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas. The public is invited to Board meetings, taking place at 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Vallecitos’ Administration Building – 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos. Board meetings are also televised on San Marcos TV. Visit www.san-marcos.net/smtv for a complete programming schedule.