This initiative affords Castro Valley USD greater fiscal and environmental health that goes unmatched. We are saving millions in vital resources.”
Lynn Novak, CVUSD Project Manager
The scope of work was approached through two phases using State grant funding and local bond funds. The first phase took advantage of $1.5 million in energy related grant funds from the California Energy Commission and local bond funds to modernize interior & exterior lighting systems to LED, implement smart irrigation control systems, building automation, and HVAC modernizations.
The second phase leveraged additional bond funds to complete building automation and HVAC modernizations at remaining sites, including complex VRV systems. The District also pursued implementation of nine solar shade structures to reduce the encroachment of rising utility costs on the General Fund. Over the life of the new equipment implemented through Phase I & II, the District will realize over $16M in savings while delivering on the community’s desire to move towards net zero energy. The renewed infrastructure also helps keep CVUSD students & teachers safe with improved indoor air quality.
Over the lifespan of the new equipment, CVUSD will take 262 cars off the road; save 142,294 gallons of gasoline; preserve 37,416 trees from deforestation and power 187 American homes.