Improvements are expected to save the District more than $70 million in net electricity costs over the next 25 years.

Chula Vista, Calif. and HOUSTON – Chula Vista Elementary School District and ENGIE North America (ENGIE) today announced the completion of the District’s solar project. The District now has 8.1 megawatts of solar installed across 48 sites and is finalizing the installation of a microgrid system. The microgrid is located at the Education Service and Support Center and powered through solar and batteries to provide backup emergency power to the District’s IT department, additional servers, and the Child Nutrition freezer.  The microgrid’s battery storage system will also provide electricity during the peak time period of 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. when electric rates are highest, saving the District from having to pull their electricity from SDG&E’s electrical grid during that time each day.  

The solar installation includes 18,050 panels installed as shade structures at 46 schools, the Transportation Yard, and the Education Service and Support Center. The $32 million project was funded through a G.O. Bond and is expected to save the District more than $70 million in net electricity costs over the next 25 years. 

“That is $70 million in savings even after project costs have been paid for,” said Oscar Esquivel, Deputy Superintendent. “By the end of this project, we think we will be able to generate about 90 percent of the District’s overall energy demands. That is a tremendous amount of energy—and savings for our District. This is a ‘green’ project both environmentally and fiscally.”

“We have a demonstrated commitment to strengthening environmental sustainability efforts that our community recognizes,” Esquivel said. “Our team has done an outstanding job of continually finding ways to increase energy efficiency and savings while doing our part to improve the environment. We want to model for our students the importance of energy awareness, conservation, and sustainability.”

 “Our ENGIE North America team is proud to deliver customized solar and microgrid solutions to customers like Chula Vista Elementary School District,” said Stefaan Sercu, managing director Energy Solutions Americas at ENGIE. “In addition to this technology serving as a critical resource during potential power outages, the bigger picture impact of the District’s move toward sustainable energy ensures long-term financial savings and resiliency.”

 

About the Chula Vista Elementary School District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is one of the state’s largest traditional kindergarten through grade six districts. It serves a vibrant, diverse community with a blend of residential areas, recreational facilities, open space, and light industry. The District was established in 1892, and each year, over 28,000 students from 50 schools in the Chula Vista area are professionally taught by highly trained and dedicated district teachers. Our district’s shared value is the belief that each child is an individual of great worth and entitled to develop to their full potential. Please visit the Chula Vista Elementary School District’s website for more information at www.cvesd.org.

 

About ENGIE North America

Based in Houston, Texas, ENGIE North America Inc. is a regional hub of ENGIE, a global leader in low-carbon energy and services. ENGIE (ENGI), is listed on the Paris and Brussels Stock Exchanges. Together with our 101,500 employees around the globe, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are committed to accelerate the transition toward a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally friendly solutions. Inspired by our purpose (“raison d’être”), we reconcile economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, building on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers.  In North America, ENGIE helps our clients achieve their energy efficiency, reliability, and ultimately, their sustainability goals, as we work together to shape a sustainable future. We accomplish this through: energy efficiency projects, providing energy supply (including renewables and natural gas), and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy assets (wind, solar, storage and more).  For more information on ENGIE North America, please visit our LinkedIn page or Twitter feed, https://www.engie-na.com/ and https://www.engie.com.

 

 

Contact:

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Giovanna R. Castro Giovanna.castro@cvesd.org or 619-425-9600 Ext. 181328

 

ENGIE North America

Michael Clingan, Press Relations

Michael.clingan@external.engie.com

 

We had a very exciting opportunity to support @GrossmontUHSD’s recent ribbon cutting to unveil the District’s new Transportation Services Center as part of our larger clean energy project together.

The Transportation Services Center integrates state-of-the-art facility and infrastructure upgrades that are helping Grossmont transition to an all-electric bus fleet – with 17 new electric buses already deployed in Phase 1.

ENGIE North America is proud to be working with committed local teams including San Diego Gas & Electric, HED, Balfour Beatty, San Diego Air Pollution Board and many more.

Grossmont leaders like Superintendent Mary Kastan and Department of Transportation CJ Rasure empower Grossmont’s leadership to serve as a model for other school districts seeking to lower their fleet operations costs while also helping to reduce emissions and air pollution for the communities they reach.

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Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) serves over 20,000 students from preschool to adult school across 33 District campuses.



Starting in 2018, District leadership began exploring opportunities to make various improvements to its facilities and implement sustainable energy solutions to reduce utility spending. At the same time, District leaders saw renewable energy upgrades as a unique opportunity to provide meaningful connections to science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) concepts for students. To accomplish these objectives, HUSD partnered with ENGIE.

ENGIE’s Partnered Approach

ENGIE is committed to building three dimensions of impact for every customer’s future. Looking beyond simple financial savings, ENGIE combined environmental, fiscal and educational sustainability to create a platform for hands-on learning, teacher training and community awareness. ENGIE’s dedicated team of local energy experts worked closely with District staff to design and develop the program to be specifically customized for their energy needs. In conjunction, ENGIE’s Community Impact team collaborated with District principals and teachers to create hands-on STEAM activities that turn the District into a living laboratory, using the modernizations as a platform for hands-on learning and STEAM career exposure.

Hayward Unified School District

The Solution

ENGIE partnered with the District to upgrade all 33 District sites with infrastructure improvements, solar shade structures, roof and ground-mount arrays. The implementation includes 5.3 MW of solar PV, 360 kW/720 kWh of battery storage and 38 electric vehicle (EV) chargers, creating a robust District-wide renewable energy profile.

ENGIE collaborated with sister company EVBox to procure the 38 EV stations, which were set up across 22 District sites and offer a total of 76 charging ports. HUSD was able to take advantage of grants for EV charging stations from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The Results

The District is projected to see $65MM in General Fund savings over the life of the program. The new solar installations are expected to generate 90% of the District’s needs, through the production of 8,100,000 kWh in the first year—the equivalent to powering 650 homes for a year. This clean, on-site renewable power reduces costs and protects against future electricity rate increases.

In addition, the battery storage systems, funded in part by California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), are connected to the District’s solar arrays to reduce peak demand charges, optimize facility energy usage, and maximize utility savings. The District can access real-time energy data via the user-friendly ENGIE Utilityvision™ dashboard.

HUSD schools are also becoming a community hub for EV charging. As more EVs hit the road and drivers are looking for a public place to charge them, District staff, students, and parents will be able to charge vehicles while class is in session. The new charging stations contribute to meeting California’s goal of putting 5 million zero-emissions vehicles on the roads by 2030 and installing a total of 250,000 EV charging stations by 2025. Overall, the program is expected to provide environmental benefits equivalent to removing 1,153 cars from the road annually.

The project has also provided an opportunity to enhance students’ understanding of climate issues—and expose them to STEAM careers—through direct engagement with the science behind the sustainability project. ENGIE’s Community Impact team partnered with principals and teachers across the District to design, and support the implementation of, hands-on STEAM initiatives, such as the following :

  •  Science Fair: ENGIE engineers and energy professionals served as judges for the 2018 and 2019 District Science Fair and Family Technology Awareness Day, in addition to hosting a booth at the event with hands-on STEAM activities.
  • 6th Grade Curriculum Development: In the summer of 2018, ENGIE’s Education team co- developed a 12-lesson Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned Climate Change unit for the 6th grade, including materials kits for hands-on activities, and interactive professional development (PD) sessions for teachers.
  •  Preschool STEAM Program: ENGIE will provide STEAM activities and materials for ten classrooms and an accompanying PD session for the District’s youngest learners in the Hayward USD preschool program.
  • Living Labs: Real-time generation data from the solar panels are available to all District students and teachers via a web dashboard.
  •  High School Student Summer Internships: ENGIE is offering eight-week internships for Hayward USD high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering. Students will work with ENGIE engineering mentors to gain experience on the construction site of a large-scale renewable energy project.
  • Three New STEAM Buildings: District educators and ENGIE’s Education team are currently developing programming for new STEAM buildings on the middle school campuses.
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. With meaningful alignment with STEAM opportunities tied to our program, these upgrades produce positive dividends for our students in multiple ways.”
Dr. Matt Wayne
District Superintendent

About Hayward Unified School District

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) serves over 20,000 students representing diverse cultures, heritages, and economic conditions from preschool to adult school across 33 District campuses. The District offers a variety of college preparedness programs, career pathways, award-winning visual and performing arts programs, state-of-the-art facilities, dual language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin, athletics, and more.

June 17, 2020 – Oakland, CA – ENGIE North America today announced that it has rolled out a connectivity solutions pilot to provide four California school districts Wi-Fi-enabled school buses to serve students and their families. ENGIE’s ‘Student Wi-Fi Zone’ helps to bridge the digital divide.

 

ENGIE’s ‘Student Wi-Fi Zone’ helps to bridge the digital divide and provide reliable, long-distance learning solutions, free of charge, while maintaining social distancing. These buses provide fast internet within a 300-foot radius for those affected by California’s mandated shelter-in-place order. The mobile connectivity solution is made possible through a public/private partnership between the districts, ENGIE North America, and Icomera, an ENGIE company.

“In response to COVID-19, this solution is especially important because of the urgency around building equitable access to remote learning for California school districts – a story that we know is true of school districts across the U.S.,” said Courtney Jenkins, vice president and general manager for ENGIE North America. “Once we identified this opportunity to support our education partners’ critical need, we were able to procure, install and provide free Wi-Fi access within days. That’s a remarkable testament to the collaborative efforts between the school districts and ENGIE North America. All four school districts will continue to use ‘Student Wi-Fi Zone’ for summer sessions.”

Nearly 22 percent of U.S. households have no access to internet on a regular basis. During the shutdown of typical internet access points due to COVID-19 closures – including public libraries in addition to school sites – lack of reliable access to internet has become an even more significant barrier to new distance learning expectations. The school districts using ENGIE’s mobile connectivity solution include the Aromas-San Juan [San Benito County], North Monterey County [Monterey County] and John Swett [Contra Costa County].

According to Aromas-San Juan Superintendent Michele Huntoon, “We have close to 25 percent of our students who do not have access to the internet. Our area has multiple areas of ‘white spaces’ that are dead zones for internet access. We are thrilled to establish this partnership with ENGIE to bring a much-needed service to our students. The service will reduce the digital divide and address equity among our students as seen in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16qpK-S9zxM.

ENGIE North America is a leader in providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services to K-12 school districts in CA, having worked with more than 50 districts across the state. Icomera is the world’s leading provider of wireless Internet connectivity and application platforms for public transportation, committed to promoting green mobility. Its mobile devices are installed in more than 31,000 vehicles around the world. Mobile connectivity is an integral part of ENGIE’s Connectivity-asa-Service (CaaS). While the system can provide additional services in the future to help parents track buses, and the districts with fleet management, for now the system is tailored to address the needs of the student population. The Wi-Fi units provide a secure installation capable of blocking inappropriate sites and optimizing access across multiple cellular providers.

About ENGIE North America

ENGIE North America Inc. offers a range of capabilities in the United States and Canada to help customers decarbonize, decentralize and digitalize their operations. These include comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense; clean power generation; energy storage; and retail energy supply that includes renewable, demand response, and on-bill financing options. Nearly 100% of the company’s power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable. Globally, ENGIE S.A. is the largest independent power producer and energy efficiency services provider in the world, employing 170,000 people in 70 countries. For more information on ENGIE North America, please visit our LinkedIn page or Twitter feed, www.engie-na.com and www.engie.com.

About Icomera

Icomera is the world’s leading provider of wireless Internet connectivity for public transport and is committed to promoting green mobility. Serving millions of Wi-Fi users worldwide, our awardwinning technology makes public transport a better, safer, more attractive option for passengers, supporting our mission to help contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions of 3.5 million metric tons by 2022. A wholly owned subsidiary of ENGIE Solutions, Icomera is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, with main offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the United States and Canada. Find out more at icomera.com

Media Contacts:

Sandrine Deparis, sandrine.deparis@engie.com, (202) 855 3705

Anne Smith, anne.smith@engie.com, (408) 313 8089