The South San Francisco Unified School District and Chevron Energy Solutions have begun construction on a multi-site solar and energy-efficiency program in San Mateo County. The project will provide nearly 100 local green jobs and is expected to save the school district $20 million through a 1.68 MW solar and efficiency project spanning 15 elementary, middle and high school sites, according to Chevron.
The project is the first use of funds provided by Measure J, a bond measure approved by voters in November 2010 that raised $162 million specifically to improve school infrastructure and enhance the student learning environment.
Chevron Energy Solutions will design and engineer the project, as well as install, operate, maintain and guarantee the solar systems' performance for 20 years. The company will also implement energy-efficiency improvements in the district's lighting, irrigation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, which are expected to provide better lighting quality and aesthetics, lower maintenance costs and improved indoor climate, the company adds.