We partner with California schools for successful energy projects.
We've worked with more than 55 public school districts on over 100 megawatts of solar, storage and efficiency projects, many built with Prop. 39 funding, Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), and California Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) with little or no up front capital expenditure.
Our efforts have helped to save school districts more than $200 million in energy costs over the next 25 years, freeing money for teachers, facilities upgrades, special needs, arts and after school programs.
We're proud to have helped realize so many successful energy projects for California schools. Our team of 10 professionals includes LEED and LEED AP certified environmental engineers and veteran project managers who are intimately familiar with the decision-making processes and priorities of public schools.
We're deeply familiar with how public agencies work. One of our principals served for six years on a school board, where he was responsible for implementing his District's solar project, and another currently serves on his local water utility board. Since 2005, Sage has evaluated and implemented over 275 megawatts of renewable energy projects for more than 85 public and private organizations.
A portion of our work with public schools was as the consultant for the California Energy Commission's Bright Schools Program. We've partnered with architecture, engineering and construction firms like Greystone West, kW Engineering, TLCD, Guttman & Blaevoet, HY Architects and Quattrocchi Kwok to design and procure solar for new and upgraded school buildings, and implement energy efficiency programs.
Sage has also worked closely with financial and legal firms School & College Legal Services, Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, Lozano Smith and Best Best & Krieger to evaluate proposals and contracts for our clients.
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The largest contracted energy agreement by a school district in North America, Sage is helping to implement 24.5 MW of solar PV across 27 District sites, saving more than $80 million in energy costs.
Shade structures are popular at schools to protect kids from sunlight and heat on playgrounds, but only with solar to do they pay for themselves. Sage helped Temecula Valley USD evaluate solar, secure incentives, select a vendor, and oversee construction of 6.7 MW of solar PV and 1.3 MW of energy storage to help reduce utility demand charges. The project is coming online this month, and the District will save more than $30 million in 25 years.
Pittsburg had originally signed a 2.3 MW Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Their financial advisor brought in Sage, and with our input the District self-financed 3.6 MW of solar with COP funding. As a result of our contract changes, funding advice, and system sizing review, the District's optimized energy project will create $11 million in energy savings.
Sage helped Martinez evaluate, procure and build 1.4 MW of solar PV ground and shade structures.
This schematic preliminary design was created with input from San Ramon Valley Unified's facilities staff and included in the competitive RFP that Sage developed and managed for the District's 3.5 MW solar PV project. Sage evaluated proposals, led successful contract negotiations, and will support the District during construction this summer.
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What You Should Know Before Going Solar
There's nothing easy about planning and building a solar energy system. Stakeholders have to reach clear, common goals. Key decisions and critical timelines have to be planned with academic and board calendars. Then there's the market knowledge and technical expertise required to make sure system is designed, built and performs to the highest standard.
A lot of expertise goes into protecting a 25 year investment. Here's how to do it - and why you'll want independent advice before you sign a contract.
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