Los Altos School District

Los Altos School District (LASD) is a top-rated school district in California, operating seven elementary and two junior high schools. As part of the district’s broader efforts to go zero net energy, LASD partnered with ForeFront Power to develop a 1.4MW solar energy portfolio comprising nine projects across its school campuses.

In the first year of operation, a third-party vendor was responsible for managing the District’s solar energy assets. Recognizing inefficiencies in system performance, ForeFront Power’s in-house asset management subsidiary, which offers a combination of diagnostic, monitoring, and operational expertise, began directly managing the LASD portfolio in 2020 with the objective of optimizing performance and maximizing electricity savings.

By the end of 2021, the ForeFront Power asset management team was able to drastically decrease the LASD solar portfolio’s third-party maintenance events (known as “truck rolls”) compared to the previous vendor. All project sites receive annual inspections, where all equipment is checked and tuned, resulting in only two maintenance events in 2021–a reduction of 90% in just 2 years. The portfolio exceeded the 95% contracted performance guarantee with an average performance ratio of 100% across the portfolio.

Benefiting from ForeFront Power’s ongoing asset management, the 1.4 MW solar portfolio has already helped LASD save nearly $1 million in 3 years, and is expected to save up to $2.7 million in 10 years of operation, while avoiding 1,754 tons of CO2 annually. This is equivalent to avoiding the annual CO2 output of 336 cars on local roads, which is a net positive for the region’s air quality. By significantly reducing District energy costs, the solar portfolio is also redirecting school funds to classrooms, teachers, and educational programs for students.

In 2022, Environment + Energy Leader awarded Los Altos School District Top Project of the Year, recognizing the services performed by ForeFront Power’s Asset Management division as an example of excellence in the fields of renewable energy and environmental management. Read more on what the judges had to say in the July 2022 press release.

CustomerLos Altos School DistrictSegmentPublic SectorTypeAsset ManagementCapacity1.4 MWYear2018LocationLos Altos, CA

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