SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 25, 2011 /PR Newswire/ -- Bellevue Union School District and Chevron Energy Solutions announced today the completion of a 618-kilowatt solar power generating system expected to save the district more than $3.3 million over the life of the project. The district is guaranteed to save more than $750,000 in the first five years.
The system is installed at four elementary school campuses and reduces the district's electrical utility costs by more than 80 percent. By reducing its purchase of utility power, the district is reducing its annual carbon emissions by 407 metric tons, equivalent to the carbon sequestered by 87 acres of pine forest.
'Bellevue Union is proud to take this bold step forward for Sonoma County,' said Bellevue Union School District's Superintendent Tony Roehrick, Ed.D. 'Through this project, we're making our schools better, more environmentally friendly places to learn and we're teaching our children the importance of renewable energy.'
Chevron Energy Solutions designed, engineered and constructed the project and will operate and maintain the solar system's performance for 10 years.
'As a leader in solar and energy efficiency projects for educational institutions, we are pleased to work with the Bellevue Union School District,' said Chevron Energy Solutions President Jim Davis. 'Through this project, the district is investing in long-term sustainability for the community.'
An event to celebrate the completion of the project is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Taylor Mountain School in Santa Rosa, Calif. Students, district representatives, local government and business officials will participate in the celebration.
About Chevron Energy Solutions
Chevron Energy Solutions is one of the largest installers of solar power in the U.S. education market and has developed hundreds of projects that improve energy efficiency and provide renewable power for education, government and business facilities. Chevron Energy Solutions develops and builds sustainable energy projects that increase energy efficiency and renewable power, reduce energy costs, and ensure reliable, high-quality energy for government, education and business facilities. Its parent, Chevron Corporation, is investing across the energy spectrum to develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of alternative and renewable energy technologies. Chevron has spent approximately $4.4 billion on renewable energy and efficiency since 2002, and expects to spend $2.2 billion in this area between 2011 and 2013.
About Belleview Union School District
Established in 1856, Bellevue Union School District has always been a pioneer for quality education. As one of the largest K-6 elementary school districts in Sonoma County, it currently serves more than 1,700 students, preparing them for continuing education. The district is comprised of Bellevue Elementary, Kawana Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, and Taylor Mountain Elementary. Learn more at www.bellevueusd.org.
Ken Pimental, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415.733.4673
SOURCE Chevron Energy Solutions