The California Energy Commission has approved the District’s 2014-2015 Energy Expenditure Plan for $226,650. The District’s plan was submitted in June with the assistance of Enovity, the California-based energy consulting and engineering firm that the Board approved to provide the District with comprehensive Proposition 39 Program Management services. The funding will be focused on existing mechanical, electrical, controls and plumbing systems at District schools. Utility rebates will play an important part in this process and Enovity will be actively identifying eligible projects and assisting with the Utility rebate application process to supplement Proposition 39 funding. District-wide, during the 2013-2014 school year, the District spent over $700,000 in electricity bills alone.
The initial list of projects will include HVAC building automation upgrades, converting lighting in the middle school and high school gymnasiums, the high school exterior fixtures, and computer lab fixtures to LED, installing occupancy sensors at the District Office, installing hood timers in the kitchens, and retrofitting the pool filter pump controls at the high school.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act, approved with the passage of Proposition 39 during the 2012 General Election, authorizes $550 million for public schools to implement projects that reduce energy use and create jobs. The five-year program, spans from 2013-14 to 2017-18, and the allocation for 2015-16 and beyond will be forthcoming, based on a dollar amount per student enrolled in the district.
"The District is committed to providing academic spaces that foster educational and personal development to support the needs of our students and employees," said Dr. Geoff Yantz, the Superintendent of Schools. "We are very excited about capitalizing on Proposition 39 funds. This initiative aligns with the District’s goal to research and consider potential cost saving measures and to optimize the teaching and learning environment. Through the utilization of Proposition 39 funds, the District will be able to reallocate funds previously spent on utility bills toward student programs."