Oct 24, 2012

Schools Reinvest in Programs with Savings from Solar Power

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    Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District has restored music instruction, which had b...

 

 

Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District has restored music instruction, which had been suspended since 2009 for lack of funds, with savings from SolarCity’s installation of nearly one megawatt of solar at three of its five district schools.

The newly installed SolarCity systems at Firebaugh High School, Middle School, and Hazel Bailey Elementary will allow the district to pay less for clean solar power than it would for fossil fuel utility power. The district is expected to save more than $900,000 in the systems’ first five years of operation, and several million over the life of the system.

“Solar energy projects for public schools are essentially revenue enhancements for school districts which directly benefit the students and taxpayers,” said Russell Freitas, Superintendent of Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District.  “During these past ten years, school districts have experienced the most difficult financial times and because of the savings this solar project has created, we are able to bring music instruction back to the District.”

Since 2009, Firebaugh-Las Deltas had had to eliminate music instruction for grades six through twelve, but has now brought back a variety of musical offerings for fourth through twelfth graders in the 2012-13 school year. The district’s music program includes keyboard classes, choir, drama production, band, drum instruction and performance at football and basketball games.

“School districts across the country are pursuing ways to allocate as much of their budgets as possible to what matters most: the education of their communities’ children,” said Dennis Cox, Regional Vice President at SolarCity.

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“Firebaugh-Las Deltas is at the forefront of the movement to go solar and save money while doing right by the planet that their students will inherit.”

SolarCity has completed or undertaken more than 200 solar projects for schools, community colleges and universities across the country. The company employs more than 70 people in its Fresno office.

Educationally, the solar projects will provide students with firsthand demonstrations of how solar technology works, and of solar energy’s benefits.

The schools will have access to SolarCity’s web-based monitoring, PowerGuide®, which will display real-time on-site energy production.

 

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

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Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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