Courtesy of San Benito High School:
San Benito High School is providing an update regarding the energy conservation and renewable program with Climatec.
As a reminder, the program consisted of new LED lighting systems, building automation systems for heating/cooling, added air conditioning for the Library and Administration Building, and Solar PV-covered parking systems.
The program is projected to produce environmental benefits that are equivalent to removing 219 cars from the road, preserving more than 31,000 trees and powering over 150 Hollister homes. In addition, the program will provide the District with $13 million in long-term budget savings. We are happy to report that the interior and exterior LED lighting, building automation and air conditioning systems are 100 percent installed and operational.
These energy conservation measures were installed on schedule, on budget, and have reduced our utility spend by over $150,000 to date. The Solar PV system has been constructed and is awaiting PG&E to complete engineering studies and on-site equipment upgrades in order to “turn on” the solar PV system.
The District and its partner, Climatec, are working with PG&E to expedite this process. Once the system is functional, we plan on inviting the community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the energy conservation and renewable energy program. Stay tuned to future SBHSD newsletters for more information.
Photo caption: Solar panels being installed in an SBHS parking lot in 2018.