By working with their Architects and Specialists, like local solar firm Vista Solar, the District not only met the stringent California Title 24 energy efficiency requirements, but surpassed them by an astounding 41%. What little energy that is used by the new Administration Building is now offset by the 36kW solar installation artfully integrated into the buildings recessed architecture. The combination of leading-edge energy efficiency and onsite clean renewable energy generation makes the new building California’s first net-zero energy public school structure.
A flat screen monitor mounted in the Administration Building lobby is tied to a state-of-the-art energy management system designed by Schneider Electric as well as real time data demonstrating the solar system energy generation. School personnel can see energy consumption and generation data down to the individual breakers in the electrical panels – making continued energy management a breeze.
Doing their part to ensure a cleaner environment for the student’s futures was a key motivator for the District’s decision to “go green”. The solar system alone will offset approximately 80,000 pounds of C02 emissions every year – setting a clear example of environmental stewardship for the students and local community.
In addition, the solar installation will generate at least $9,900 in electricity bill savings for the school. With the rising cost of electricity in the State, the savings generated over the lifetime of the system will translate to over $480,000 in funds that can be reallocated towards the large variety of extra-curricular programs the school provides for their students.