US cleantech company Chevron Energy Solutions has completed installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems with a combined capacity of 1.8MW on four schools in San Jose, California.
The systems are expected to produce 90 per cent of the electricity demand from the buildings, with savings made by the Oak Grove School District to be pumped back into classroom facilities. Over the lifetime of the panels, the systems are expected to create utility bill savings worth more than $13m.
Chris Jew, acting superintendent for Oak Grove School District, said, ‘This is a thrilling project for both our district and the community. At a time when school districts across the country are struggling under the weight of crippling budget deficits, Oak Grove has looked towards innovation as a way to maximise every taxpayer dollar. The savings being generated can now be reinvested into our classrooms where it belongs.’
Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions, added, ‘We are pleased to work together with Oak Grove School District to enhance the learning environment. The forward-thinking district is creating critical budget relief in a challenging economic environment, which demands responsible and innovative strategies.’
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