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Case Study

Pittsburg Unified School District

Pittsburgh Unified School District minimizes costs while encouraging environmental stewardship.

“We are very excited about greening our schools, reducing our energy purchases and putting more funds in classrooms… this is a wonderful opportunity to do the right thing, cut costs, and provide a real world education to our students about practical and effective ways to save energy.” – Enrique Palacios, PUSD Associate Superintendent

The Scenario

Under budget pressure, the Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD) sought to marry its goal of environmental stewardship with its need to minimize costs. At a time when cost cutting all too often results in larger class sizes, fewer teachers and reduced academic programming, the district wanted to avoid compromising their commitment to quality education.


The Solution

With the help of REC Solar, the district designed a plan to
reduce their electrical bills by as much as 90% through
the installation of over thirteen thousand solar panels.
A total of fifty-five shade structures were installed over
fourteen different sites including Pittsburg High School
and two Junior High Schools. Over thirty years the
system is expected to produce well over one hundred
thousand megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy,
equivalent to 66% of the district’s energy consumption.

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