Local School Districts To Receive Free Battery… | Sonoma Clean Power

Local School Districts Can Receive Free Battery Storage Assessments

Published on 10/20/2020

Schools in Sonoma Clean Power's service territory with existing solar arrays can participate in an energy storage feasibility study.

SCP has partnered 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.

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.

David Burdick

Executive Vice President of TerraVerde Energy

SCP and TerraVerde will be reaching out to local School Districts via phone and email to begin enrolling sites in the program.

Interested School Districts can also learn more by emailing programs@sonomacleanpower.org, or by clicking here.