The Sustainability Team is responsible for managing the energy utilities in most DPS buildings. We work to provide low-cost energy, promote energy efficiency, and support the use of renewable energy where feasible. We’re also working with Transportation to explore low-emission vehicles.

Wind turbines generating electricity
Credit: Wikimedia Commons Z22


Our team is responsible for the energy utilities budget, bill management, selecting the lowest rates, and renewable energy installations and purchases.


Xcel Energy provides most of our electricity and some of our natural gas. They help us find the best rates, efficiency rebates, and inform us of any opportunities to purchase renewable energy. Xcel also supports efficient building operation and is helping DPS explore electric vehicle infrastructure. See Renewables and Efficiency (hyperlinks).

Transport Natural Gas

Most of our natural gas purchases are made through transport natural gas contracts that yield significant cost savings. Colorado is natural gas deregulated, which allows us to shop for the lowest prices.

Park Street Solar

On-site Solar

DPS hosts and owns solar installations throughout the district, accounting for a small but significant percentage of our overall electricity use. See Renewables (hyperlink)

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Renewable Energy

DPS hosts and owns solar installations throughout the district, accounting for a small but significant percentage of our overall electricity use.

Mountain Sunrise
Sunrise Credit: Wikimedia Commons Jessie Eastland

Grid Purchases

We purchase renewable energy from Xcel Energy by participating in their Renewable Choice program. We enrolled all of our Small Commercial (C rate) accounts, which account for a small amount of our overall use. Xcel is also significantly expanding their use of renewable energy sources and has ambitious carbon reduction goals. Read more about Xcel’s Carbon Reduction Plan.

Solar Power Purchase Agreements

In 2010, DPS entered into solar power purchase agreements and had large arrays installed at 29 schools. Solar power providers own the solar equipment, and we pay for the power. These agreements allow us to be a great partner in supporting renewable energy and also deliver significant cost savings. We have 28 rooftop arrays and one land site at Place Bridge Academy.

DPS-owned Arrays

DPS has owned a handful of small educational systems since the early 2000s. In 2019, with the generous contribution of an anonymous donor, DPS installed our first large solar array on our Park St building, which houses Inspire Elementary and Denver Green School Northfield. In 2020, DPS began work on 17 more large installations, which were financed by an energy performance contract.

Park Street Solar

Solar Power Dashboards

See the solar power these schools are producing and using! Also some of these schools also have their production measured in real-time. See Monitoring Tab.

Energy Monitoring

As part of our strategy to both understand our energy use and engage students and staff, we have installed real-time electricity monitors in many of our schools. These measure whole-building electric use and solar power production where applicable. 

We installed our first set of electricity monitors as part of a student-led energy competition called Renew Our Schools, a program of Resource Central. Read more about Renew Our Schools on our Students page.

Solar Power Dashboards – See the solar power schools are producing and using! See Renewables.

Real-time Electricity Monitors – These measure electricity use and solar production every second!

How to use the dashboard





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