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MBUSD Board of Trustees Considering Proposal from Chevron for Energy Cost Savings

During the summer of 2012, the District contacted Chevron, a long-standing community/business partner, seeking assistance from their Energy Solutions (ES) division to identify potential facilities projects that could significantly offset/reduce energy consumption and ultimately, District energy costs. In response, Chevron ES developed a preliminary "opportunity assessment" identifying a number of potential projects, including:

  • 515 KW Solar Parking Shade Structures at MCHS 
  • 116 KW Roof-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Panels for the new Math/Science Bldg @ MCHS 
  • Solar thermal heater and pool pump variable frequency drive (VFD) at the MCHS pool
  • Complete lighting upgrade for the auditorium at MCHS
  • Air conditioning for Building Y at MCHS
  • Air conditioning for MBMS, with new supervisory energy management system (EMS) controls 
  • LED Lighting retrofit (interior and exterior) for all school sites
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs) for the air conditioning units at the District offices 

At the September 3, 2013 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Chevron ES was approved to commence a comprehensive integrated energy assessment of the District. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information regarding the outcomes of that assessment, as well as recommendations for possible next steps. 

The current estimated cost for the above projects totals approximately $10,212,775. If these projects are ultimately approved by the Board, Chevron ES will assist the District in garnering as much available funding as possible (e.g. Proposition 39 funds, grants, etc.) to offset the project's total capital outlay. Chevron ES would then assist the District in securing the 15-18 year financing needed. Budget savings from reduced utility and repair costs, as well as incentives/rebates from utility providers, are projected to more than offset costs associated with financing the project. If savings do not completely offset financing costs, Chevron ES commits to fund the difference.

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