Chevron Energy Solutions advised that it had activated what it calls the largest K-12 solar and energy efficiency program in San Mateo County at 15 elementary, middle, and high school sites throughout the South San Francisco Unified School District. Together, the systems are anticipated to produce 1.68MW of solar energy.
The projects were funded through Measure J, approved by voters in November 2010 with an aim to improve school infrastructure and student’s learning environments. Chevron Energy designed and engineered the projects and will maintain and guarantee the systems performance for 20 years. The company noted that in addition to installing the solar system, it had also applied improvements to the district’s lighting, irrigation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
In addition, Chevron plans to make professional development for teachers, curriculum materials and hands-on experiments for students available in order to enhance the learning opportunities from the solar installations. “Harnessing the power of the sun helps make our schools more environmentally sustainable, cuts their energy bills, and creates thousands of teachable moments for our students,” said California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “That's a win-win-win proposition, for our schools and for California.”