California Proposition 39

Funding More Energy-Efficient Schools

California has committed $550 million a year through 2018 to promote a higher standard of energy efficiency for our schools. Although energy costs account for only 2-4% of school expenditures, they impact about 16% of controllable operational costs. Energy is also one of the few expenses that you can reduce without negatively impacting classroom instruction. Right now, K-12 schools can participate to receive funding energy-smart upgrades, retrofits, and enhancements.

Electricity Use in Schools K-121

Graph of electricity use in schools K-12

Rebates & Incentive Programs

Express Solutions

Take advantage of financial incentives for qualifying new equipment installations and retrofits.

Customized Solutions

Provides financial incentives for solutions not available in Express Solutions, and free tools available to accurately calculate energy savings.

On-Bill Financing (OBF)

Apply for interest-free financing for installing qualifying energy efficient equipment to be repaid through monthly SCE bills.

Demand Response (DR) Programs

When your school participates in one of more of our DR programs, you can reduce your school’s energy use in return for lower energy costs and help prevent power shortages.

Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR)

You can automate your participation and help maximize your financial benefits in many of our DR programs by using a load control device or Energy Management System (EMS). Technology incentives are available for the purchase and installation of qualifying equipment.

Permanent Load Shifting Incentive

If your cooling load is considerable, you may qualify for incentives that can help shift your energy use to off-peak hours by installing a Thermal Energy Storage system. If you qualify, you may be eligible for incentives for each kilowatt shifted.

Solar and Self-Generation

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) and the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provide incentives to help offset the cost of installation for customers purchasing solar electric generating systems and/or advanced energy storage.

Savings By Design

Savings by Design (SBD) provides resources and incentives for energy efficient design and construction to help increase operational efficiency and reduce energy costs.

Resources We Provide

Business Energy Advisor (BEA)

We can help you identify simple modifications to your school that can have a significant effect on reducing your energy use and costs.

Benchmarking: ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager

Use free online free online information and access to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tool to help compare your school’s energy usage against similar schools nationwide, set energy goals, track and report improved energy performance and savings over time.

Energy Education Centers

We offer free training workshops and seminars to help ensure your educators and staff are knowledgeable on the latest programs and technologies that can help create more opportunities for energy savings.

Retrocommissioning (RCx)

We’ll help you identify and implement ways to improve your building’s individual systems, with a focus on heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) solutions. You can also receive training and incentives for energy-saving improvements.

Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Optimization

Bring your school up to the new standard in HVAC management to ensure that your equipment operates reliably, efficiently, and cost-effectively, while improving comfort and productivity. Simply contact a contractor and discuss what plan works best for your system.

Success Stories

Other schools in Southern California have achieved significant efficiency savings and updates using rebates, incentives and services we offer. Read the case study about how Chino Valley Unified School District saved an estimated $1 million and reduced annual electricity costs by 22.62% by taking advantage of programs and upgrades.

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Prop 39 Schedule

Proposition 39 Program implementation is already underway. The schedule is as follows:

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions