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Where there’s Thunder, there’s no lighting.
Panorama Ridge Secondary, home of the Thunder, stormed to a resounding win in this year’s Surrey Schools Energy Conservation Cup by turning off unnecessary lighting, among other conservation measures.
The school grabbed an early lead in the annual week-long competition April 15-19 and finished with a savings of 2,850 kilowatt hours (kWh) or 30 per cent. That’s three times the overall average.
Finishing in a near tie for second were Semiahmoo and Guildford Park secondaries with overall energy savings of 16 and 14 per cent, respectively.
L.A. Matheson followed with a 12 per cent savings at the end of the week. The other participating schools were Clayton Heights, Fleetwood Park, Johnston Heights and Sullivan Heights secondaries.
“Every school did well and student engagement was high,” said Alasdair MacKinnon, the district’s director of energy management and sustainability.
The district partnered with energy "intelligence" provider Pulse Energy two years ago to assist with the district’s goal of a 10 million kWh reduction in energy use over five years. The secondary school challenge is one of multiple energy-saving initiatives aimed at reaching that goal.
Pulse Energy first created a baseline for each participating school to represent an average school week and measured the reduction in energy consumption in real time on an online dashboard. Students spent the week implementing a variety of energy-saving initiatives and posting photos and videos on social media documenting their progress.
The Panorama Ridge G-Force team with district, BC Hydro and Pulse Energy representatives. The G-Force team led the school to victory with a 30 per cent energy savings in this year's Energy Conservation Cup.