Schools with existing solar arrays in SCP’s service territory can participate in energy storage feasibility study
(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is partnering with TerraVerde Energy to offer financial and technical feasibility assessments for battery storage systems, at no cost, to public K-12 schools in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.
Reliable backup power has become an essential asset for public-serving entities in California, especially for public schools, which in addition to being important educational facilities for their communities, often serve as emergency response centers during natural disasters.
In October of 2019, over 1,000 California schools were forced to close their campuses due to wildfire-related Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events.
“Our service territory has endured a lot of challenges over the last few years. As an agency, it’s our priority to make sure our communities are adapting quickly and safely to be better prepared for future disasters and power outages. Helping our customers install battery storage systems where they can have the biggest impact is one of the best ways to facilitate that adaptation,” said Carolyn Glanton, Programs Manager at SCP.
Of the 52 School Districts in SCP’s territory, those with existing on-site solar arrays are invited to apply for the feasibility study.
Each participating School District will receive a report from TerraVerde outlining the financial benefits, infrastructure implications, and considerations of coupling their solar system with added energy storage. The report will also identify potential funding sources available to schools for installing a battery storage system.
“Schools play such a vital role in our communities and deserve our support! As independent energy advisors, TerraVerde has proudly served schools for more than 11 years in evaluating and deploying energy projects. We are thrilled to partner with Sonoma Clean Power with providing schools in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties with objective technical and financial assessments of the opportunity for deploying battery systems at their campuses.” said David Burdick, Executive Vice President of TerraVerde Energy.
SCP and TerraVerde will be reaching out to local School Districts via phone and email over the next few weeks to begin enrolling sites in the program.
Interested School Districts can also learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting sonomacleanpower.org/solar-storage-study-for-schools.
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About Sonoma Clean Power
Sonoma Clean Power is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP’s services and programs are practical, affordable, and inclusive, empowering everyone to be part of the transition toward a clean energy future. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.
About TerraVerde Energy
TerraVerde Energy is an independent energy consulting firm that supports Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in designing and deploying Distributed Energy Resource programs that leverage energy technologies such as solar PV, battery energy storage, electric vehicle chargers, and smart thermostats. Through these programs, CCAs and their customers can enjoy reduced energy costs, increased power reliability, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. TerraVerde provides data-driven program design, efficient program deployment, and effective program administration services that deliver the strongest outcomes for CCAs and their customers. Learn more at terraverde.energy/cca.