This project began taking shape in March, 2010, when the District worked with the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to secure $19 million in Federal Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to help finance the $25 million project. The District will use $6 million of its Measure H General Obligation Bond money to pay a share of the project. Over the next 25 years, the District will save $36 million in energy costs which will repay the total cost of the project in 15 years or less. On top of the energy savings, the District will receive more than $6 million in California Solar Initiative cash rebates. Oxnard Union High School District will own the systems which are built and installed by the California based company, SunPower, Inc.
Community members can also participate in tracking their own energy use and savings. Free online software — called GreenQuest — is available to the community served by Oxnard Union High School District. To use GreenQuest, go to the district’s green page at http://www.ouhsd.k12.ca.us/green User-friendly GreenQuest is free for individual households and small businesses. GreenQuest’s informative features help users analyze data for up to three meters (electric, water and natural gas) by entering monthly utility bills.