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May 27, 2023

SBHS to celebrate new solar system, energy savings

Courtesy of San Benito High School:

To celebrate the energy infrastructure update coming to a close, San Benito High School District invites the school community to a ceremonial flipping of the switch at the new solar PV system from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 4. The ceremony will take place at the Baler Alley parking lot, located at 1220 Monterey St.

The solar arrays, approved for grid connection on Friday, Sept. 13, were the last piece of the district-wide energy infrastructure project. They are projected to generate 1,096,578 kWh throughout their lifespan. Combined with other recent facility upgrades, the district will save approximately $13.3 million in energy costs – the environmental savings equivalent of 220 cars off the road, 157 Hollister homes powered and 31,348 trees preserved.

“We are proud to implement energy efficient and renewable technologies so our students can enjoy day-to-day learning,” said San Benito High School District Superintendent Dr. Shawn Tennenbaum. “These solutions will maximize long-term benefits to our district, ensuring optimal learning and working environments for our students and staff to continue to succeed.”

“The work we’ve accomplished through our partnership with Climatec has already had a huge impact on our school,” said SBHS Principal Adrian Ramirez. “We couldn’t have predicted the feeling our administration is experiencing now that the project is done. We’re proud to offer our students and staff modernized technology that reaps environmental and financial savings.”


SBHSD engaged Climatec, a provider of building technologies and energy solutions, for $6.3 million-worth of energy infrastructure updates, including the installation of the solar PV system, LED light modernizations; heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) units and building automation systems throughout campus. With the help of Climatec, SBHSD was able to identify and leverage Prop. 39 grants and Clean Renewable Energy Bonds for funding. The district’s Board of Trustees approved the project in June 2017.

“San Benito High School administration decided on upgrades that would improve the student learning environment and the school’s financial reserves,” said Robert Reading, SBHSD project manager at Climatec. “As partners, they contributed to the visioning that has resulted in an enhanced campus that will continue to add value over time. At Climatec, we’re always moved by our clients’ interest in innovating for a healthier world – San Benito High School is no exception.”