June 1, 2016
Superintendent's Message
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Dear AUHSD Parents/Guardians and Community:
Solar Projects

We are pleased to share with the community that the Acalanes Union High School District will be initiating large solar projects at each of our comprehensive high schools this summer.  The installation design for the solar panels will be carports in the main parking lot at each of the schools.  The projects will allow us to substantially reduce our carbon footprint (the equivalent of pulling about 350 cars off the road), realize significant savings in general fund operating costs, contribute substantial energy to the "grid" during peak times (afternoon and summer), and model the use of renewable energy to our students.
For more information on the design and location of the panels at each of our schools, follow the links below.  There will be a significant interruption to school facilities and parking lots during the summer months.  You can also find the project timeline at these links.

The AUHSD Governing Board approved a contract to enter into a power purchase agreement with SolarCity in June 2015.  There will be zero upfront capital investment as SolarCity will finance, design, construct and operate the photovoltaic solar panels and battery products on each of the District's comprehensive high schools. Only a few parking spaces (a precious resource) will be lost with the introduction of the carports.
Capitalizing on the latest technologies and current incentives, the District estimates it will save $110,900 in year one, and the net present value of the 20-year contract is estimated to be $2.3 million using a conservative 2% utility inflation rate.  Higher electricity inflation rates will result in greater savings for the District.
We appreciate your patience and support during the inconvenience of these construction projects. 
John Nickerson

Governing Board Members
Richard Whitmore, President
Nancy Kendzierski, Clerk
Kathy Coppersmith, Member
Susie Epstein, Member
Bob Hockett, Member

Cathy Tang, Student Member

John Nickerson, Superintendent
Acalanes Union High School District