EPA recognizes Tucson Unified School District for leading green power use

Tucson Unified on the same list as Apple, Google

Updated on: October 20, 2015

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Stuart Duncan, Chief Operations Officer, accepts award on behalf of TUSD.

With nearly 200 days of sunshine every year it makes sense to use the rays of the sun to power up in the Old Pueblo. Tucson Unified School District is now being recognized by its efforts to go green by the Environmental Protection Agency.

On Wednesday, October 20, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Stuart Duncan, TUSD's Chief Operations Officer, with the 2015 Green Power Leadership Award for the category of "Green Power Partner of the Year." (For more information, see the EPA's press release.)

Tucson Unified is number 12 on the EPA's Top 30 On-Site Generation of the largest green power users in the United States! The district is currently generating nearly 20 million kilowatt-hours (KWh) of green power annually from on-site solar energy systems. That's enough to meet 20 percent of the school's electricity use.

Other companies on the list include Apple, Google, WalMart and the cities of San Diego and Las Vegas.

The district has also been named number two on the Top 30 K-12 Schools List.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.

Tucson Unified School District expects to save more than $11 million in energy costs over the 20-year life of the project.

According to the U.S. EPA, TUSD's green power use of nearly 20 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 2,000 average American homes annually.

For additional information about TUSD's Solar Project, see the Solar Project web pages.