La Joya Independent School District

Energy Savings Performance Contract with Solar


Contract Total (Ph. I-II)


Lighting Energy Use Reduction


Ph. I-II Annual Energy and Operational Savings

Project Description

Phase I:

La Joya Independent School District is one of the larger school districts in Texas, and high school football is important within the community. The District knew that their athletic field lighting was approaching the end of its useful life, so selected Performance Services to develop and implement a comprehensive LED lighting project. The project meets the District's energy savings goals as well as showcases their "Friday Night Lights" with state of the art LED fixtures and lighting controls. The scope of the project includes athletic field LED lighting at five fields – La Joya High School football field, two baseball fields, and two softball fields. Additionally, the scope includes comprehensive interior and exterior LED lighting at campus school buildings. To improve lighting within the classrooms, dimmers will also be installed in classrooms, which will allow teachers to control illumination levels to optimize the learning environment. The project will provide $1,071,398 of guaranteed energy and operational savings each year for 15 years. The project reached substantial completion in September 2018.

La Joya also received an incentive check for $133,590 from the AEP Texas SCORE® Program for their high-efficiency LED lighting. The AEP Texas SCORE® Program is a no-cost program that provides technical and financial support to help schools identify and implement projects that reduce energy usage. 

Phase II:

After the success of that first project, La Joya ISD selected Performance Services to implement a Phase II energy savings performance contract to update HVAC systems, repair the roof and skylights at La Joya High School, replace two grass football fields with artificial turf, and provide electric power conditioning systems. In addition, two pole-mounted solar arrays will generate 1.8 megawatts of clean renewable energy.  

The 1.5-megawatt solar array at La Joya High School will serve as a STEM-supported solar learning opportunity for the district. The second 317.6-kilowatt array will be located at La Joya’s Juarez-Lincoln High School. The combined 1.8 MW of solar energy is expected to produce more than three million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, the equivalent to the annual electricity use of 359 homes.

Phase I and II Project Highlights:

  • 1.8-megawatt solar arrays
  • Replace grass football fields with artificial turf
  • Running tracks installed at elementary schools
  • Roof replacement and repairs
  • Security gates
  • Upgraded HVAC systems
  • Replaced interior and exterior inefficient lighting systems with high efficiency LED lighting at 43 school buildings
  • Dimmers were installed in all classrooms, allowing teachers to control illumination levels and optimize the learning environment
  • LED lighting installed at five athletic fields: La Joya High School, two baseball fields, two softball fields


Jonathan Blackwell

Jonathan Blackwell

National Director of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, LEED AP

With this project will also come educational opportunities for our students, including an energy savings curriculum for K-12th grade, energy savings kits for classrooms, and training for teachers. They will be able to study and visit the facility to learn about solar energy and encounter real-life problems on energy savings and taking care of the environment. La Joya ISD is very proud to be undertaking this project.
Dr. Gisela Saenz
Superintendent, La Joya ISD
La Joya ISD and Performance Services Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates the Start of Energy Project

How to Complete an Energy Savings Performance Contract in Texas

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) are a procurement option that allows public entities to finance facility improvements with savings from future operations and maintenance budgets over terms of up to 20 years.