Chevron Energy Solutions has completed the construction for a 7.1MW of PV installations for the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, CA, a project that's being called the largest K-12 solar and energy efficiency program in the US. The program is expected to generate $43 million in savings through a 7.1MW solar and energy efficiency project spread across 13 sites.
The district, which includes 18 high schools, said the systems will offset its annual electrical usage by more than 55% and supports California's clean energy goals. As a result, the district expects to reduce its purchase of utility power and in turn, reduce carbon emissions by more than 4,900MT. Chevron Energy Solutions also provided professional development for teachers that provided curriculum and hands-on experiments aligned with state standards helping to create a living laboratory to empower environmental awareness and energy consciousness.
Chevron Energy Solutions designed, constructed, operates, maintains, measures, and guarantees the solar system's performance for the district. The company also engineered and installed the energy efficiency improvements at the district including lighting upgrades and installation of premium efficiency motors.
“Our new solar energy system and the numerous energy efficiency improvements we have made as part of this program will generate savings in the first year equivalent to the funding required for approximately 30 teacher jobs and improve the learning environment,” said Lan Nguyen, president of the East Side Union High School District Board. “At a time when our district is being forced to absorb painful budget cuts, due to the continued economic downturn, this program is a huge reason to celebrate.”
The Chevron unit has installed megawatts of solar power systems in a number of educational settings, including the San Jose, Milpitas, and Morgan Hill unified school districts, Contra Costa and Pierce community colleges, and California State University at Fresno.