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Cupertino Electric Installs Solar Systerm at Orchard School to Drastically Reduce Electricity Costs

Friday, October 30, 2009

Solar PV System Enables District to Trim Electricity Costs by Nearly Forty Percent

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Cupertino Electric, Inc.'s Energy Alternatives Division (CEI-EA) today announced it has completed installation of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Orchard School District ("District") located in San Jose, Calif. During its first year of operation, the solar system is expected to reduce the District's annual electrical costs by an estimated forty percent.

"I'd like to congratulate Orchard School District on the installation of their new solar system, which will allow them to spend less money on overhead and more on education," said San José Mayor Chuck Reed. "Solar projects like these support our city's Green Vision goals of building new clean tech jobs and generating all of our electricity from renewable sources."

Project Specifics

Construction of the system began in June 2009, was installed by Cupertino Electric and was managed by Blach Construction Company. The 240 kilowatt (kW) PV system is a "grid-tied" system owned by the District that enables the District to sell power back to utility company PG&E. Most importantly, the system allows the District to reallocate funds from facilities-related expenses to education-related expenses. During its lifetime, the system is expected to generate approximately 7,096,980 kW hours of power for the District, which is the equivalent of taking 933 cars off the road every year for the next 20 years.

"Cupertino Electric is honored to help the Orchard School District realize its economic and environmental goals by installing an industry-leading solar system," said John Curcio, Vice President of Cupertino Electric. "Thanks to the progressive practices of educational institutions like the District that utilize government incentives, solar systems are quickly becoming cost-effective, energy-efficient power solutions."

About the Orchard School District

The Orchard School District ( serves nearly 1,000 students and the communities of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara, both located in California. The District is home to one of California's oldest teaching institutions, the Orchard School.

About Cupertino Electric, Inc.

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is a nationally-recognized, premier provider of electrical contracting services headquartered in San Jose, California. With more than 50 years of experience transforming the electrical industry, CEI is consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 Design/Build Contractors in the United States. CEI Energy Alternatives (CEI-EA) is a division of CEI devoted to analyzing, engineering, procuring and constructing state-of-the-art solar and alternative energy solutions to meet specific customer energy needs, as well as sustainable building and operating goals.

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