Thousand Oaks High School to Receive Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE)

Thousand Oaks High School to Receive Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE)

Thanks to a generous donation from Schneider Electric, Thousand Oaks High School will receive a Sustainable Outdoor Learning Environment (SOLE), which will be used as an outdoor Science and STEM instructional space that is entirely operated on renewable power, and not tied to any utility power grid.

The SOLE is approved by the District State Architect to be built at Thousand Oaks High School along the grassy area besides the service road, between buildings D & E. 

The SOLE is designed as a base project which includes a 30' x 30' free standing, shade cover. This shade cover will occupy two steel column beams, which will be secured to the ground and have a flexible and porous rubber flooring under the shade structure footprint. The SOLE will include solar panels, inverter, lithium-ion battery, LED lighting, a circulation fan as well as low voltage electrical outlets, and surface grading for proper drainage. 

The SOLE was developed with quality input from both CVUSD Facilities and Planning along with Administration and Staff members from Thousand Oaks High School.

It is Schneider Electric's intent to build the SOLE prior to the end of the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year, which concludes on June 30th. 

This SOLE is the first to be received by a school district in California, and serves as another great example of next generation learning. 

The Board of Education for the Conejo Valley Unified School District formally approved the donation from Schneider Electric at the Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Board of Education Meeting. The project has an estimated value of $250,000.

Thank you Schneider Electric - we can't wait to see this new state-of-the-art learning space come to Thousand Oaks High School!

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