Several schools across the country spend millions of dollars each year on electricity costs. These schools have the potential to cut back significantly on such costs and reinvest the money into programming that would not only enhance their students learning experience but also enrich their lives by providing them with the tools necessary for a successful future.
High Tech High Chula Vista partnered with local contractor, Sullivan Solar Power, for its second solar installation. The first installation of solar panels at High Tech High Chula Vista was completed as part of the Sustainable Communities Program to promote the use of clean energy generation technology. This program rewarded the school with a lease payment in return for use of the facilities roof space to accommodate the solar panels.
"Climate change is one of the most pressing issues in our world, making solar energy one of the most effective responses that High Tech High Chula Vista has at its disposal. Going solar has created a positive learning experience for the school and the system is expected to produce over 327,000 kWh each year, significantly reducing the school's energy costs," said Daniel Sullivan, Founder and President of Sullivan Solar Power.
The system will deliver significant financial savings and protect the school from rising electricity costs. In addition to these financial benefits, the solar system will support High Tech High Chula Vista in building a campus that sets a high standard for sustainability. By going solar, High Tech High will save over 10 million pounds of greenhouse gas throughout the next 20 years – this is equivalent to eliminating the consumption of over 10,500 barrels of oil.
“This solar project will support our commitment to our students while also delivering financial savings which can be reinvested into the school,” said Sullivan. “We want to encourage other schools to go solar by showing them what their savings can do to amplify school programming and the learning environment for their students.”