Case Study

Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD)

Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) saves millions going carbon free.

“As cutting emissions is crucial to our global future, our project to install solar generation plus battery storage delivers on that goal in many ways. Our students gain real-world learning from solar generation tools and data analysis they can experience from our cooler, shaded parking lots.” – David Haglund Ed.D., PUSD Superintendent


The Scenario

Nestled in the East Bay Hills near San Francisco, Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) serves nearly 15,000 students in 15 elementary, middle, and high schools. In 2016, PUSD devised an extensive energy reduction and cost savings program, fully leveraging the California Energy Commission Prop 39 grants. The project would also expand renewables generation and learning opportunities for students.


The Solution

With no upfront cost to the District, Amador Valley High School will gain new solar carport canopies, providing shade for students and staff, plus a battery energy storage system. Energy storage will create an additional hedge against electricity price increases, particularly under Time of Use rates. The combined clean energy project is projected to save PUSD more than $2.2 million over the 25 year lifetime of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

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