Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley is a white-walled, two-story building that stretches for a city block just east of Twin Peaks. Nothing on the exterior of the building, constructed in the early 1900s, would lead passers-by to realize that what sits atop it is a first for San Francisco.
The 180 panels perched atop the school are the first that were designed, installed and owned by city agencies.
There are 14 municipal solar installations in and around The City, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The 7.4 megawatts that are generated by the system help the agency — which also generates electricity with its Hetch Hetchy water system — power public services and buildings in San Francisco, including Muni and schools.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: San Francisco achieves first with school solar panels