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Energy Storage, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  November 18, 2019

Calif. school district celebrates new energy program

Hayward Unified School District in California launched a sustainable energy program that includes a 5.3 MW solar and integrated electric vehicle and battery storage project, alongside the rollout of several building efficiency improvements.

The district expects the project to generate $65 million in energy savings. There are 33 sites in the district that will undergo infrastructure improvements, including the installation of EV charging stations that will allow staff, students and parents to charge their vehicles while in class.

These sites will also receive solar shade structures, roofs and ground mount arrays, expected to generate a total of 8,100,000 kWh in the first year, equal to approximately 90% of the district’s energy needs.

"With critical support from our broad 'Made in Hayward' community – our Hayward families, local partners, and our Board – we have been able to transform our schools with dynamic infrastructure improvements that enhance the learning environment and put money back into our General Fund for other classroom needs,” Superintendent Dr. Wayne said in a statement.

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