South San Francisco Breaks Ground on Innovative School Solar Project
South San Francisco Unified School District and Chevron Energy Solutions broke ground earlier this week on the largest K-12 solar and energy efficiency program in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
It is projected that the program will create 100 local green jobs and should save the school district $20 million via 1.68 megawatts of solar panels across 15 schools. It is the first use of funds provided by Measure J, a San Mateo bond measure approved by voters in November 2010 that raised $162 million specifically to improve school infrastructure and enhance the student learning environment.
The South San Francisco Unified School District expects to cut its annual electric bill by 50% and carbon emissions by more than 1,500 metric tons.
“South San Francisco Unified School District is delighted to take this first step in applying Measure J funds to improve our schools,” said School Board President Maurice Goodman. “Through this project, we’re making our schools a better place to learn and we’re teaching our children first-hand how important it is to be energy efficient.”
Chevron Energy Solutions will design, install, operate, maintain and guarantee the solar systems’ performance for 20 years. Equally as important, Chevron will provide professional development for teachers and curriculum materials for a “living laboratory” for hands-on learning.
“As the leader in solar and energy efficiency projects for educational institutions, we are pleased to work with the South San Francisco Unified School District to improve the learning environment for students,” said Chevron Energy Solutions President Jim Davis. “Through this project, the district is investing in sustainable programs that deliver ongoing value to the community.”