School District Solar Program in California Beats Goals

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Chevron representative believes Milpitas Unified School District has been a shining light for the one in three school districts within Santa Clara County now committed to or deploying solar power.

"You have given many tours to other districts in the area ... and I have great confidence that you were truly a catalyst in that movement," Lindsey Corbin, regional business development manager for Chevron Energy Solutions, said during the May 8 Board of Education meeting.

Corbin gave a presentation summarizing the third full year of production from Milpitas Unified's solar energy project, a collaborative effort between district staff, Chevron and Bank of America that spans 14 sites.

The total cost of the lease for the solar project is $23 million and it is expected to save the district $12 over its 23-year span.

Corbin presented the solar program goals and results during the board meeting, opening the report by outlining the district's four "pillars": economic leadership with savings to the general fund; educational opportunities with science curriculum; environmental stewardship with a reduction in carbon; and positive public recognition and community outreach. She then focused on how the program has had an impact on each of these goals.

According to the report, the district saved more than $142,046 by going solar in 2011.

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