Escondido Charter High School was faced with a challenge:
- Save on electrical costs in order to put more funds back into the classroom.
ECHS’s Founder and President, Dennis “Coach” Snyder, had the foresight eight years ago to install solar on the school’s gymnasium roof to save on energy costs. With continued growth, the initial small PV system could not keep up with energy demands. This led the school to look into expanding the size of their system in order to keep electrical costs low so they can invest their funds in the classroom where they belong.
Baker designed and installed a customized 321.75 kW solar system in order to meet the school’s goal of cutting energy costs.
“Baker approached us with an opportunity that would cost tax payers nothing and would significantly reduce our facility’s electricity costs,” said Coach Snyder. “With electricity one of our largest expenditures, the Baker proposal made dollars and sense. Our Board was excited about putting energy cost savings back into the classroom, which is what we are in business to do. As for Baker, they were our solar provider choice based on their longevity in the community and reputation for quality work.”
The high school will see a 63% reduction in their annual electricity bills based on past consumption and will save an estimated $108,926 on its electricity bills the first year. “The solar system will provide more than $1,689,588 in net savings to the high school over the 25-year warrantied life of the solar modules. It’s great to know these funds will go toward furthering academic success for thousands of students for years to come,” said Baker’s Director of Commercial Solar, Scott Williams. Per the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, the new ECHS solar system will save the equivalent of annual greenhouse gas emissions from 839,192 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle. It will offset CO2 emissions from 39,400 gallons of gasoline consumed or 373,645 pounds of coal burned.