HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Huntington Beach City School District and Chevron Energy Solutions today announced the completion of a 592-kilowatt solar electric system that will reduce energy costs for operations at nine elementary school sites in Huntington Beach, saving the District more than $15 million over the life of the project. Coupled with a comprehensive energy education curriculum, the program is designed to inspire students to learn about – and experience – clean energy technologies and concepts.
The new system is part of a project that adds solar photovoltaic panels mounted on shade structures to five campuses, upgrades interior lighting at nine campuses, and replaces rooftop cooling/heating unit at two campuses, including upgraded controls. The project is expected to cut the Huntington Beach City School District's electrical utility usage by 30 percent.
It is the first energy efficiency and solar project at an elementary school district in Orange County. Chevron Energy Solutions designed and engineered the solar system, provided the installation, and will perform operation and maintenance services, as well as guaranteeing the system's performance, which is expected to meet more than 30 percent of the District's demand for electricity. The company also implemented the energy efficiency improvements to campus heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, which are expected to reduce the District's annual energy consumption and provide other benefits, including improved lighting quality and aesthetics, reduced maintenance costs and consistent indoor climate quality.
"Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for environmentally sustainable operations at the Huntington Beach City School District – one that allows the community to experience the benefits of clean power without negatively impacting limited resources," said Jon Archibald, Huntington Beach City School District Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. "In fact, a unique benefit of this solar project is providing protective shade for our students. We are grateful to all those involved for their dedication that has enabled the Huntington Beach City School District to realize the benefits of solar energy to our community."
Through energy efficiency improvements and solar power generation, the District is reducing its purchase of utility power and in turn, reducing carbon emissions by more than 850 metric tons, equivalent to removing nearly 167 cars from the road or planting more than 181 acres of trees.
Teachers are able to tie information from the project to the California Math and Science curriculum standards through informational displays that provide real-time data on how much solar is being produced and the corresponding environmental benefits.
"Huntington Beach City School District is demonstrating fiscal and environmental leadership by improving their energy efficiency and use of renewable power," said Jim Davis, President of Chevron Energy Solutions. "The project also improves the classroom learning environment, which is an important element in boosting student achievement."
Southern California Edison will present an incentive check totaling $1,295,144 to the Huntington Beach City School District at tonight's board meeting at 7:00 p.m., as part of the California Solar Incentive, which is administered by the utility. Students, district representatives, community members and business officials are expected to attend.
About Chevron Energy Solutions
Chevron Energy Solutions Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., is one of the largest installers of solar power in the U.S. education market and has developed hundreds of projects that improve energy efficiency and provide renewable power for education, government and business facilities. Chevron Energy Solutions develops and builds sustainable energy projects that increase energy efficiency and renewable power, reduce energy costs, and ensure reliable, high-quality energy for government, education and business facilities. Its parent, Chevron Corporation, is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of alternative and renewable energy technologies. Chevron Corporation has spent approximately $4.4 billion on renewable energy and efficiency since 2002, and expects to spend $2.2 billion in this area between 2011 and 2013.
About Huntington Beach City School District
The Huntington Beach City School District is an educational community with a long history of excellence in education. It is committed to providing students with academic programs and classroom instruction of the highest quality. The district's high expectations for students and the staff are reflected in high API scores and student performance levels. The schools are frequent recipients of many local, state, and federal awards and honors, including recognition as California Distinguished Schools and National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Ken Pimental, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415.733.4673
Jon Archibald, Huntington Beach City School District, 714.378.3050
SOURCE Chevron Energy Solutions; Huntington Beach City School District