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
Take advantage of financial incentives for qualifying new equipment installations and retrofits.
Provides financial incentives for solutions not available in Express Solutions, and free tools available to accurately calculate energy savings.
Apply for interest-free financing for installing qualifying energy efficient equipment to be repaid through monthly SCE bills.
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.
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.
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.
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 (SBD) provides resources and incentives for energy efficient design and construction to help increase operational efficiency and reduce energy costs.
Resources We Provide
We can help you identify simple modifications to your school that can have a significant effect on reducing your energy use and costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prop 39 Schedule
Proposition 39 Program implementation is already underway. The schedule is as follows:
|November 2013 and February 2014||Energy audit and planning funds released|
|January 2014||Energy Commission began accepting energy expenditure|
|February – June 2014||Awards Allocation|
|On going||Local Educational Agency (LEA) project completion reporting|
|September 1, 2014 (annually)||Two fiscal year combined funding award requests|
|October 1, 2014 Commission (annually beginning 2015)||LEAs expenditure reports to Citizen’s Oversight Board (COB) and Energy|
|November 30, 2014 (annually)||Award calculation completed by California Department of Education|
|January 1 (annually beginning 2016 )||Energy Commission report to COB|
|June 30, 2018||LEAs final encumbrance date|
|June 30, 2020||LEAs final project completion date|
|June 30, 2021||LEAs final project reporting date|