AMERICAN CANYON – American Canyon High School will open its doors in the fall of 2010 and welcome students to an energy-efficient campus unlike anything seen in the area.The building, designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects in Santa Rosa, will have a one-megawatt photovoltaic station that will provide about 85 percent of the electricity on the campus.“The school will be saving about $300,000 per year,” said Aaron Jobson, project architect on the school.It is being built by Lathrop Construction, headquartered in Benicia.The project consists of seven two-story buildings for administration offices, library, theater, multi-use rooms, classrooms, a split-level gym, locker rooms, student store, aquatic center with swimming pool, two storage buildings, football/soccer stadium complex, two concession stands, two baseball fields, two softball fields, two soccer fields and outdoor tennis and basketball courts.There will be day lighting in every classroom, which not only saves energy but promotes a better living environment, said Mr. Jobson.“There are automatic lighting controls, so as soon as there is enough light from the outside, the lights will turn off,” he said.The gym has day lights as does the multipurpose room. The school also will have a ground source heat pump.The school sits next to a 270-acre preserve that is home to the endangered red-legged frog.“The school plans to make use of this as an educational opportunity,” Mr. Jobson said.There are a number of water-saving features including low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets and waterless urinals. And all fields are irrigated with reclaimed water.“It will use about half the potable water of a typical high school,” said Mr. Jobson.There will be 200 bike rack spaces—bicycle parking for 10 percent of students.The Collaborative for High Performance Schools is a rating system like LEED or Build it Green that is specially designed for K-12 schools. It was founded in 1999 under a California Energy Commission study and was created with the goal of improving school environments.The project is expecting to get a rating that is LEED gold equivalent.Mr. Jobson said having so many green features was difficult financially.“It was a challenge getting all those features in the budget,” he said.The PV system was made more affordable by a financing program created by the National Development Council and the Gasser Foundation.Nonprofits can’t make use of the 30 percent federal tax credit, so an investor came in and paid for 30 percent of the PV system and claimed the tax credit. The system cost the school around $5 million.Mr. Jobson said they have been working on the project for nearly five years.“It will be great to see the features all come together,” he said.