On September 5, 2012 Jurupa Unified School District and Chevron Energy Solutions announced the completion of a 2.7 megawatt solar and energy efficiency program expected to reduce energy costs at 27 school sites and save the District more than $34 million. The project added solar photovoltaic panels mounted on parking and shade structures at nine campuses; replaced 400 air conditioning units, most of them more than 20 years old; and upgraded more than 21,000 lighting fixtures. Coupled with comprehensive energy education curriculum content, the transformative program is designed to inspire students to learn about – and experience – clean energy technologies and concepts.The program is expected to cut Jurupa Unified School District's electrical utility purchases by 26 percent and reduce carbon emissions by more than 3,463 metric tons, equal to removing about 679 cars from the road.
Chevron Energy Solutions designed, engineered and installed the solar system, and will perform operation and maintenance services, as well as guaranteeing the system's performance. The company also implemented energy efficiency improvements to campus heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting systems, which are expected to reduce the District's annual energy consumption, improve lighting quality and aesthetics, reduce maintenance costs and provide consistent indoor climate quality.
Jurupa Unified School District, located just west of Riverside, California, serves approximately 20,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students. In addition to this massive Chevron project, the district has an ongoing energy education program which has cut utility bills to the district by $400,000 in the past twelve months. The district was also among the first in the country to replace its fleet of large diesel busses with compressed natural gas.
Press Release dated September 5, 2012