The Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) has partnered with ENGIE North America for a sustainability infrastructure project to reduce the CUSD’s carbon footprint while providing educational opportunities for students.
The project includes installing 5.1 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, 72 Level 2 EV charging stations, and two emergency generators across the school district.
In total, the anticipated net lifetime savings from the infrastructure project is more than $36 million.
The project will also create hands-on STEM learning opportunities to provide students in the school district with immersive experiences related to clean technology.
During these experiences, which will take place during an after-school Extended Learning Opportunities Program, instructors will incorporate the sustainability infrastructure projects on the district’s campuses into lessons to enhance students' understanding of sustainable energy concepts.
The sustainable infrastructure project, funded through a tax-exempt lease agreement and Federal funding under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), is projected to receive nearly $8.5 million in IRA funding.
“This project strengthens the District’s commitment to sustainability, fiscal responsibility, and its goal of providing a conducive learning environment for all students and staff,” said Jean-Francois Chartrain, Managing Director of Energy Solutions at ENGIE. “CUSD is taking significant strides toward reducing its carbon footprint but also paving the way for a brighter, more innovative future.”