Chevron Energy Solutions Completes Solar Project for School District

Santa Cruz County Office of Education and Chevron Energy Solutions today announced completion of a solar installation and energy efficiency improvements expected to reduce both carbon emissions and energy costs, saving more than $2 million over the program’s life.

CHEVRON ENERGY SOLUTIONS INSTALL SOLAR“We believe this project has the potential to significantly reduce our operating expenses in an environmentally beneficial way,” said County Superintendent of Schools Michael Watkins. “Those funds can now be used to support educational opportunities that directly impact our county’s students, and help us in our mission of providing resources to prepare the next generation for success in 21st century industries and global economies.”

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The project, located at the County Office of Education offices in Santa Cruz, is expected to offset carbon emissions by close to 150 metric tons in the first year alone, and reduce office energy use and purchases of utility-generated power by over 40 percent. Chevron Energy Solutions designed, engineered and installed the solar system and efficiency improvements, and will perform ongoing operation and maintenance services.

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“We are proud to work with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to deliver significant improvements in both sustainability and cost savings,” said Jim Davis, President of Chevron Energy Solutions. “Today’s report by superintendent Michael Watkins to the Santa Cruz County Board of Education demonstrates the County Office of Education’s leadership and vision, becoming an example for many other governmental agencies.”

The size of the project is unknown at this time.

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