Native School Goes Solar for Energy

The largest boarding school in the United States for native Americans hopes to save at least $200,000 a year by using solar energy and conservation measures.

SAN DIEGO, California, US, US, 2001-08-24 [SolarAccess.com] The largest boarding school in the United States for native Americans hopes to save at least $200,000 a year by using solar energy and conservation measures. Sherman Indian School in Riverside, California, has signed a 20-year agreement with Sempra Energy Solutions to provide energy services and engineering analysis. Sempra will identify areas that need updating at the school and will develop a method of reallocating the savings generated through improvements toward the purchase and installation of additional energy-conservation equipment. The project includes a solar photovoltaic system which, in addition to generating energy, provides a teaching tool for the students. The partnership “allows us to provide energy-infrastructure improvements that will lessen the school’s energy expenditures, enable them to operate under budget and become a more energy-efficient operation,” says Sempra president Bob Dickerman. The project will be done under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Regional Energy Savings Performance contract that was awarded to Sempra. It allows the company to work directly with public agencies to implement energy-efficient improvements in federal facilities. “The re-engineering currently underway will reduce maintenance costs associated with classroom, field lighting and security systems, and the school freeing up more money that can be used for new programs for our 600 students,” said school official Ramesh Patel. The Sempra holding company has annual revenue of $11 billion and, with it subsidiaries Southern California Gas and San Diego Gas & Electric, has 12,000 employees and nine million customers in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia.
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