Happy Valley Elementary is located in Santa Cruz, California. Happy Valley was looking for a customized approach to designing a project that utilized their Proposition 39 funding. As a single school district, they have limited resources for project planning and management. Mynt Systems was selected to be their energy planning manager. After a year of planning and revising their plan to meet their needs, we were able to design a plan that included new LED light fixtures and lighting controls in every room and a 12.4 kW ground mounted solar system. New lighting in the classrooms was a priority for the superintendent, both because of the increased light quality for the students and the maintenance savings. The lighting control system now provides dimming capabilities as well as vacancy sensors that ensure lights are not left on when the space is unoccupied. A tankless water heater, programmable thermostats, plug load controls, exterior LED lighting and a high efficiency refrigerator provide additional energy and maintenance savings.

The annual carbon emissions reductions are equivalent to the following:

5.6 fewer cars on the roads
63,565 fewer miles driven per car
3,004 gallons of gas consumed
9.6 tons of waste in landfills
28,676 pounds of coal burned