- Published on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:02
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Town Crier Report
The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees accepted a rebate check for $23,844 from PG&E Oct. 14.
The rebate resulted from designing and building 24 new energy-efficient classrooms at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools.
The facilities, opened this fall, feature energy-efficient elements such as advanced day lighting, occupancy controls, motorized window blinds, upgraded wall and ceiling insulation, integrated energy management systems and solar panels.
The new classrooms exceed the energy-efficiency requirement of the California Building Code by more than 20 percent.
The district has produced more than 5.1 megawatts of power since the installation of photovoltaic solar canopies in 2011, outperforming the forecast by more than 18 percent and prompting rebates exceeding $800,000 from the California Solar Initiative. The value of the electrical power produced has saved the district more than $764,000 in energy costs.
Measure A, the $42 million general-obligation bond that passed with 78 percent approval in June 2010, funded the new classrooms and the solar canopies. Both projects came in on time and on budget.