Mater Dei goes Green

These solar panels, positioned on the gym roof, soak up the San Diego sun to give Mater Dei energy.

These solar panels, positioned on the gym roof, soak up the San Diego sun to give Mater Dei energy.

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Mater Dei Catholic High School has made some big improvements that make the school save money and are better for the environment.

One of the many new changes that have occurred in the school is the LED conversion for all lights in Siena and Loyola buildings. The goal for Mater Dei according to John Rey is to convert all lights on campus to LED lights.

Smaller adjustments with a big impact are air conditioning and heat timers which have been set to different intervals and temperatures helping the school conserve energy. Another development is the pool received a new CO2 sensor in the school pool so many chemicals don’t have to be used.

“We’re at a point where within the next few years were going to be a NetZero school” claims John Rey with a positive attitude. Being NetZero means that the school only uses energy from solar panels and does not use to run on any other kind of energy.

These solar panels, positioned on the gym roof, soak up the San Diego sun to give Mater Dei energy.

These solar panels, positioned on the gym roof, soak up the San Diego sun to give Mater Dei energy.

The Solar Panels that are in the main parking lot by the administration building, north parking lot, and on the top of the gym have been saving money. Essentially the price is 26 cents however are paying 9 cents a kilowatt hour. The difference seems like a small amount however adds up to a lot.

What it basically means is the solar panels are saving one hundred and sixty thousand dollars a year, and soon will begin to save more.

While students are happy that the campus is going greener, they also appreciate the practical benefits of covered parking.

Peyton Zizzi shares one of the simple advantages, “My Chapstick won’t melt anymore.”

Sydney Gastineau agreed full-heartedly with the idea of cooler cars and adds, “My legs won’t melt up when I get in the car.”

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