Nation's Largest Educational Agency Solar Power Program
East Side High School District has the nation's largest educational agency solar power program, with 7.1 megawatts of solar photovoltaic arrays that generate clean electricity. Our solar power production has allowed us to reduce our electricity expenditures by over $20.3 million to date. Our local electricity production reduces the burden on the State's overtaxed power grid, and is more efficient due to elimination of transmission line loss.
East Side's commitment to energy leadership has resulted in:
- Elimination of over 23,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions
- Equivalent to annual emissions of 4,911 cars, or 2,218 homes
- Equivalent to planting 726 acres of pine forest
- 31 teachers have been trained in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) lessons for their students. Inquiry-based and literacy-infused sessions reinforce skills critical to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards implementation.
- Summer internships immerse teachers in emerging clean energy and construction careers.
- Internships through S4CA (Santa Clara County Construction Careers Association) offer real world construction experience to East Side students.
- Classroom tours of solar photovoltaic installation sites.
- Over 1,000 students have been exposed to hands-on, energy-related lessons and activities.
- Analysis of East Side energy consumption helps students understand their environmental impact - and why it matters.
- Student-led energy awareness activities help make energy efficiency measures more "visible" and connect school modernization to campus life.
Energy Management Plan
Energy conservation on our school campuses is helping to reduce environmental stress on our region. Energy is one of the District's most rapidly rising operating expenses. In addition to reducing environmental stress on regional energy resources, energy conservation is also important to the District as a means of reducing costs. The District has responded to these challenges by adopting a rigorous energy conservation policy.