JURUPA VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jurupa Unified School District and Chevron Energy Solutions are embarking on a 2.7 megawatt solar and energy efficiency project to save the district $34 million. The project will add solar photovoltaic panels mounted on parking shade structures at nine campuses; replace 400 air conditioning units, most of them more than 20 years old; and upgrade more than 21,000 lighting fixtures. Through the project, the district is expected to cut its electrical utility usage by 42 percent and its carbon emissions by more than 4,500 metric tons, which equates to taking 882 cars off the road.
"This is the next step in our ongoing quest to keep Jurupa Unified School District as sustainable and well-managed as possible," said school district Superintendent Elliott Duchon. "We're making our schools a better place to learn and teaching our children the importance of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship."
Chevron Energy Solutions will design and engineer the project, and will install, operate, maintain and guarantee energy-saving performance. The company will also implement efficiency improvements designed to provide better lighting quality and aesthetics, cut maintenance costs and improve the educational environment. Chevron will also provide professional development for teachers, curriculum materials and hands-on experiments aligned with state educational standards to help create a living laboratory that promotes environmental awareness and energy consciousness.
"As the leader in solar and energy efficiency projects for America's educational institutions, we are proud to work with Jurupa Unified School District to improve the learning environment for students," said Chevron Energy Solutions President Jim Davis. "The district is investing in sustainable programs that will deliver ongoing value to the community's students."
A groundbreaking event to celebrate the implementation of the project is being held this afternoon at the district's Education Center in Jurupa. Students, district representatives, government and business officials are expected to participate.
About Chevron Energy Solutions
Chevron Energy Solutions 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 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 Jurupa Unified School District
Jurupa Unified School District, located just west of Riverside, California, serves approximately 20,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students. In addition to this massive Chevron project, the district has an ongoing Energy Education program which has cut utility bills to the district by $400,000 in the past twelve months. The district was also among the first in the country to replace its fleet of large diesel busses with compressed natural gas. Jurupa Unified takes great pride in partnering with Chevron to lead the way as a steward of the environment.
Ken Pimental, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415.733.4673
SOURCE Chevron Energy Solutions