If you are supportive of seeing the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) GO SOLAR in 2015, please help by taking 2 minutes to EMAIL the letter below to Superintendent Kirsten Vital and AUSD Board President, Margie Sherratt.
Emails MUST be received by: Tomorrow, Wed, Jun 4th
(Goal = Send at least 100 letters to their inbox!!)
The AUSD Board is finalizing the final draft of its “Facilities Master Plan” during a meeting tomorrow (6/4). At present, solar power is not included. However, as noted in the letter below, a pro-bono analysis (solar master plan) presented to AUSD indicates that incorporating on-site solar power on 15-school sites, will not only enable our schools to be more GREEN, but will (as estimated):
- Save AUSD over $16 million over the next 20 years in electricity costs
- Deliver AUSD $637,000 in immediate Year-1 savings
- Deliver increased savings year-over-year for 19-years to follow, that the District can put right back into its “General Fund” to support ALL other programs, teachers, technologies, facilities upgrades and more
Few other investments have this kind of financial return. There’s a reason K-12 school districts all around us (Bay Area and beyond) have already gone solar – in addition to the clear environmental value. This is a WIN for everyone involved.
Again – If you want to help, please EMAIL this letter today to the email addresses below, and PLEASE FORWARD this onto your friends/neighbors/network ASAP to do the same.
This will have immediate impact.
Here’s the Letter to Email (copy and paste the text into your e-mail and customize those areas highlighted in Bold Red text):
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Email Subject: URGENT: AUSD Solar Master Plan
Dear Superintendent Vital and Board President Sherratt,
As a registered Alameda voter (and as applies – and parent of children who have attended/ who currently attend / who will soon attend Alameda Public Schools OR as a student at [SCHOOL NAME] ), I am writing to ask that the Solar Master Plan developed by KyotoUSA with support from Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA):
• be included in the District’s Facilities Master Plan, and
• be shared publicly as a future school board meeting agenda item as related to the Facilities Master Plan and November Bond proposal.
Similar to the many California and Bay Area K-12 school districts who have already implemented solar technology, it is my understanding that an investment in on-site solar power across Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) sites will help our schools dramatically reduce the cost of electricity now provided by Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), as well as the production of harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The cost savings will provide our District’s General Fund with significant, long-term financial benefits, on an annual basis, for the next 20 years or more (solar panels today often last up to 30 years) that the District may easily re-allocate directly to new programs, teachers, facility improvements and more.
In summary (as per the 5/27/14 AUSD board meeting public comments), this Solar Master Plan would cost the District ~ $14.6 million to install solar across 15-school sites. Doing so would save the District more than $16 million over 20-years, starting immediately with 1st year savings estimated at $637,000 and increasing annually.
What comparable investments (with such guaranteed, beneficial savings) is the District considering to include within its Facilities Master Plan and bond proposal?
As per AUSD’s website, the Alameda Sun (5/22/14 article) and general board meeting public comments, I commend the District for the task it has taken on to design a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan. This is clearly a challenging effort. While long overdue it is obvious that careful consideration of many necessary items has been taken into account. However, the addition of solar power with a cost that is merely 2.5% of the total $590 million draft Facilities Master Plan appears well worth its inclusion, given the vast benefits.
This is a move that is supported by residents throughout Alameda (young, older, renters or homeowners). It will set the stage to further attract new residents, businesses and innovation – all looking to join such a forward-thinking, charming community that is both financially responsible, and interested in leaving a better planet for generations to come.
Thank you for your consideration.