AMERICAN CANYON — The Napa Valley Unified School District has made energy conservation a priority. That efficiency is paying off.
Earlier this month, PG&E presented the school district with a rebate check for $94,000. The savings are the results of the district’s partnership with PG&E, the nonprofit Sustainable Napa County and the philanthropic Gasser Foundation.
Among the most profitable projects were classroom lighting improvements, computer energy management systems and more efficient pumps for five district swimming pools. The pumps alone save the district $66,000 a year.
Jeri Gill, chief executive of Sustainable Napa County, told trustees that rebates on those projects cover all or most of the costs of installation. She said the county will realize electricity cost savings of almost $280,000 and nearly 1.8 million kilowatt-hours a year while avoiding 460 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
The result has been “pretty extreme energy savings,” said Walt Blevins, district operations and maintenance manager.
PG&E has called American Canyon High School “one of the most energy-efficiency public high schools in the nation.” The school features solar panels and plenty of natural lighting. A photo of the rebate-check ceremony was posted on the Napa Valley Register.