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Woodland Joint Unified School District (Woodland, CA), SolarCity and UC Davis recently completed a model sustainability project that should save the district more than $20,000 on electricity costs during its first year in use. SolarCity installed solar power systems with energy efficient lighting at Woodland High School, as well as three elementary schools in the district. The systems were installed as carports--each consisting of more than 8,800 solar panels that provide enough power to offset around 68 percent of electricity needs at each site. California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at UC Davis designed the lighting that was installed beneath the canopies using a high-efficacy, adaptive white level source from EverLast Lighting. The lighting system responds to occupancy patterns in order to reduce light levels when the area is empty. "Adaptive lighting technologies are absolutely an essential part of any forward-thinking zero net energy project," explains Michael Siminovitch, director of the CLTC. "Particularly in municipal settings that employ PV canopies."

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Title Annotation:NEWS+NOTES
Publication:LD+A Magazine
Date:Apr 1, 2014
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