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HUSD launches solar energy program
Posted 12/16/18

solar shade structure

 

 

The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) will begin construction of solar panel projects this week at locations across the district as part of its new solar energy program. Hayward voters approved a local bond measure during the November 2018 election, which earmarks funding to launch the solar energy program. The program will generate substantial savings for the district’s general fund, provide project-based learning opportunities for students, and reduce the district’s carbon footprint.  

 

Construction at several school sites, and a few district sites, will begin on Monday, December 17. Over the course of next 10-12 months, solar arrays will be installed at a total of 31 district sites.

 

The district is partnering with Engie, a global energy and services group focused on low-carbon power generation, for the solar project. The installations will take the form of parking canopies, ground-mounted structures, and playground canopy structures with mounted solar panels.

 

In addition to modernizing the district’s facilities with advanced technology and energy efficient

systems, the projects are creating local green jobs. HUSD is set to open STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) buildings at all three of its high school campuses. The solar energy program will allow for access to lesson plans and customized sessions for teachers across the district.