Creating a clean energy economy & providing exciting opportunities for youth.
Bright Energy 101 (BE101) creates and drives paths toward a clean energy economy, while providing exciting opportunities for youth to shape those paths. We are 100% focused on delivering energy management software and services to public school districts, with a priority on disadvantaged schools, to help them 1) better the environment, 2) improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, and 3) achieve operational cost savings.
Energy Management Program for School Districts
A motivating force behind the BE101 Program is the pressing need to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. California is playing an inspirational role in leading the world towards a future with dramatically lowered GHG emissions. The California public policy guiding this leadership is the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Using 1990 as the baseline, AB 32 set forth these reductions in California’s GHG emissions: 0% by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2050. The BE101 Program creates and implements an accelerated path for school districts to achieve an 80% reduction in GHGs by 2030.
STEM Education & Internship Program
According to the Education Commission, the United States is struggling to keep up with the demand for STEM talent, despite the growth in STEM jobs and the opportunity for higher pay. In California, public schools are implementing Career Technology Education (CTE), a program of study that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge, providing students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers. Important to the success of CTE programs is partnerships with business to provide students with work-based learning opportunities.
STEM jobs in the United States will go unfilled by 2018
projected growth in STEM jobs between 2017-2027
average median hourly wage for STEM jobs
Central to the BE101 Program is enhancing STEM in secondary education, readying students for college and careers. Professional exposure to the BE101 Internship Program provides students motivation to succeed and excel in STEM studies, as they recognize the importance and application of their schoolwork.
Operational Cost Savings
The BE101 Program delivers a net savings to school districts' operating expenditures. The exciting news is that there has been impressive technological advancement in lighting, HVAC and controls. Energy management software, energy efficiency technologies, electrification technologies, and solar electric systems generate considerable savings when effectively designed and implemented.
Another key element of the savings delivered by the BE101 Program is energy conservation savings, which is facilitated by BE101 software, in combination with the work of student interns.