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Oakland Unified School District

Energy Efficiency


Drive building efficiency and electrification to reduce district-wide GHG emissions and fossil fuel use, through specific strategies designed to help the district use energy more efficiently and to help ensure that funds intended for student learning are not diverted to cover energy costs.

What We Do

Solar and Battery Initiative

Solar and battery projects were unanimously approved by the OUSD Board on December 15, 2021. Implementation of the solar and battery project began earlier this year, 2023. These projects include solar array installation at seventeen (17) school sites and battery installation at three (3) school sites. The included sites are:

  1. Oakland International High School (Carter)
  2. Oakland Technical High School
  3. Oakland High School
  4. McClymonds High School
  5. Castlemont High School
  6. King Estates Elementary School
  7. Skyline High School
  8. Madison Middle School
  9. Edna Brewer Middle School
  10. Roosevelt Middle School
  11. Lowell Middle School
  12. Sankofa Elementary School (Washington)
  13. Montera Middle School & Joaquin Miller Elementary School
  14. Havenscourt Middle School
  15. Westlake Middle School
  16. Bret Harte Middle School

You can view the California Solar Initiative Project map INTERNAL LINK here.

CalSHAPE Program Upgrade Project 

The CalSHAPE Ventilation Program has awarded OUSD grant funding to conduct a ventilation assessment of existing school HVAC units. The assessments will include considerations such as condition, operability, and functionality, and will identify deficiencies. The assessments will result in Merv 13 filter replacements, installation of CO2 sensors, and HVAC deficiency improvements. The CalSHAPE Ventilation Program prioritizes investments in facilities in underserved communities and those located near freeways or industrial facilities.

OUSD in the News

In 2016, OUSD was awarded the ZNE District Leadership award for the La Escualita solar project. Read more about the award here.

La Escualita