Sonoma Valley Unified School District

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

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District Wide Green Assessment | Master Plan

Sonoma, CA

Facing a $2 million annual General Fund shortfall QKA assessed their facilities and identified improvements that would result in savings to the General Fund to close the gap.  QKA conducted an intensive assessment of the District’s eight major facilities and identified energy efficiency, water efficiency and solar energy projects.  For each proposed improvement QKA calculated the utility savings and the simple payback.  The proposed improvements deliver up to $1.5 million in annual savings to the General Fund, significantly improve classroom environments, and address safety and maintenance issues. This assessment supported a General Obligation Bond measure that passed in 2010.  After the successful passage, QKA developed a Master Plan for each campus to guide the energy efficiency programs and provide the basis for a potential future bond and other facility improvements.  


  • Total solar system size: 1.8 MW
  • % of Electricity Bill Offset | 100% ZNE (zero net energy)
  • 5-year General Fund Savings | $6,800,000 (includes CSI rebates)
  • 25-year General Fund Savings | $26,000,000