Milpitas Unified School District, Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America have completed a 14-site, district-wide solar and energy-efficiency project designed to supply 75% of the district's total annual electricity needs through solar energy.
According to Chevron, the 3.4 MW solar parking canopies and shade structures generate the highest percentage of solar power for any K-12 school district in the U.S. and supply 100% of the district's power during the summer months, when California's peak-demand electricity needs are greatest.
Chevron Energy Solutions engineered and constructed the parking canopies and shade structures mounted with solar photovoltaic arrays at 13 schools and one district site, and installed energy-management software on the district's computers to improve energy efficiency. The company will provide maintenance for the solar power system, as well as measure and guarantee its performance.
Bank of America, through the Banc of America Public Capital Corp. Environmental Services team, structured and provided financing for the project as part of its $20 billion environmental initiative. The California Solar Initiative and other incentives offset the overall cost of the program by $4.2 million.
SOURCE: Chevron Energy Solutions