California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Chevron Energy Solutions and East Side Union High School District in San José, California have announced the start of construction on a 3.7-megawatt (MW) solar project that is expected to provide more than US $1.5 million in budget relief to the district’s general fund in the first year and $7.6 million over five years. It is anticipated that the project will reduce the district’s electric utility costs by 30 percent and deliver $36 million in savings over the life of the project.
Chevron Energy Solutions will design, build, operate, maintain, measure and guarantee the solar energy system’s performance for the district. The project will also create local jobs as Chevron plans on hiring more than 100 local union contractors. The project is expected to be completed later this year.
“Our schools will all benefit from these savings, especially in these tough economic times when they’re needed most,” said East Side Union High School District Interim Superintendent Dan Moser. “Also, this project reduces our carbon footprint and allows us to incorporate solar into our teaching curriculum so our teachers and students can learn about renewable energy technologies firsthand.”
The solar panels at six school sites will generate enough power to light more than 250,000 average-sized compact fluorescent light bulbs. Through professional development workshops, the district’s teachers will learn how they can use hands-on solar kits and activity guides in the classroom to teach students about solar energy.