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For immediate release: March 28, 2002
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting - 916-654-4989

Saratoga's Sacred Heart School to Produce Its Own Electricity,
With Help of State Loan

The Sacred Heart School of Saratoga may soon begin making its own "green" electricity from the sun, thanks to a $153,700 low-interest loan from the California Energy Commission.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose will use the loan to install a photovoltaic (PV) system at the school to generate electricity from solar power. The rooftop PV panels should produce 59 kilowatts of electricity, allowing the school to become self-sufficient in its electricity use and reducing the school's energy bill by more than $17,000 a year. From the clean electricity the PV system will generate, the school can repay the loan in nine years.

The Sacred Heart School of Saratoga teaches over 350 students from preschool through the eighth grade.

Funding for the project comes from the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act account. The Act provides low-interest loans to local governments, public and private non-profit schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies for energy efficiency and energy producing projects.

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For more information, contact:
Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, California Energy Commission
(916) 654-4989

2003 Update On the Project

Unfortunately, according to a School Board member, the Diocese was unable to fund the program. So, the project was not done.

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