San Francisco Unified School District Goes Solar

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Unified School District has opened its first completely solar powered building. The facility, at John O’Connell High School in the Mission District, will be used for training students in the construction and high-tech trades through a program called Tech 21.

“The goal of this building was essentially to build a large open space that could be used for anything from carpentry to robotics,” explained SFUSD chief facility officer David Goldin.

This green building is a first of its kind.

“So we have a water tank outside to collect the rainwater, we’re gonna power most of the building from the roof,” said Goldin.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

The students, who are learning things like stationary engineering and construction, said they’re absorbing useful skills and information.

“I’ve been doing carpentry after school and then I finally got into it when I was a sophomore…I built chairs for houses, helped with any projects,” said junior Destiny Aguilar.

She hopes to become an architect, but she said the solar powered building is inspiring her to have a solid Plan B.

“It’s like, if I don’t get into UC Berkeley, then I’m going to go into the trade and have enough money to get myself through college later on in life.”

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