SAN DIEGO (AP) - Faulty solar panels were taken down from two dozen San Diego school campuses over the summer after they were found to have defects including premature corrosion that could cause roof fires.
U-T San Diego reports the panels were installed in 2005 and expected to last at least 20 years. Although the panels didn't cost the San Diego Unified School District anything to install, officials expect $400,000 in additional costs annually for energy in the coming years.
The panels were installed under a 20-year arrangement with General Electric, which owned them, and Solar Integrated Technologies, which leased the panels from GE but has filed for bankruptcy protection.
The district paid GE between $700,000 to $800,000 a year for the power.
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