Qualifying Public School Institutions: Prepare your Prop 39 energy expenditure plans today – Deadline August 1, 2017

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Get ahead of the curve to secure maximum funding from The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39)! It's the last year your qualifying public school institution can apply for thousands of dollars for energy efficiency and clean energy projects.


To obtain your funds, you’ll need to create and submit an Energy Expenditure Plan by August 1, 2017. If you act now, you’ll have plenty of time to complete your upgrades before the 2020 project completion cutoff date. By also applying early, you may be able to get funds in time to do repairs and improvements during downtimes, like spring and summer breaks.


In addition to Prop 39 funds, PG&E’s Energy Efficient Financing program can help with additional costs. Your public school could qualify for zero-interest loans ranging from $5,000 to $250,000, with up to ten years for repayment.*


Not sure what type of upgrades your school can make? We’ve suggested a few projects below. Take a look!


New LED lighting and lighting controls installations
LED (light-emitting diode) lighting can transform a classroom, taking it from dim yellow lighting to crisp white lighting.

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New LED lighting

In addition to their durability and long lifespan and energy savings, LEDs provide important benefits for students and staff. The high-quality light LEDs emit can enhance the educational environment. LEDs also have the ability to mimic natural light when an optimized daylight simulating color temperature is chosen, which is easier on the eyes.

Lighting controls

Occupancy sensors and timers can save energy by automatically shutting off lights when areas aren’t occupied. Controls also allow you to take advantage of natural light, a practice called daylighting harvesting, which can help boost academic performance. The California Board for Energy Efficiency states that students exposed to daylight show improvements on math and reading tests
- 20% faster progress on math tests
- 26% faster progress on reading tests

HVAC upgrades
Making improvements to your school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can reduce your energy costs and create a more comfortable environment.

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HVAC system upgrades such as:
- New furnaces or boilers
- VFDs for HVAC fans
- Demand controlled ventilation for packaged HVAC units

Beyond energy savings, upgrading old HVAC systems can create a more comfortable atmosphere for students and improve indoor air quality (IAQ), which can help reduce illnesses and absenteeism. Sufficient airflow rate, outdoor ventilation and temperature can also improve student performance.

Energy-efficient window and programmable thermostat installations
Both of these upgrades can make major differences in the comfort of your classrooms.

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Energy-efficient windows

Install ENERGY STAR® certified windows, and you can reduce energy consumption, protect your carpets, floors and furniture from UV sun damage and maintain a comfortable temperature (no more drafty or hot areas).

Programmable thermostats

Reduce heating and cooling costs with the touch of a button. Programmable thermostats make it easy to control temperatures to ensure comfort while saving energy during off-hours. The Alliance to Save Energy suggests setting thermostats at 68°F for heating and 78°F for cooling and using fans to make people feel cooler at much less cost than air conditioning.

On-site solar and wind energy generation
These are two cost-effective, sustainable solutions for energy generation at your school.

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Solar panels and wind turbines

Installing solar panels and wind turbines helps your school harness energy from a renewable resource, which can save money and contribute to a clean energy future.

For more Prop 39 support, explore these helpful resources:
Prop 39 tools and calculators
PG&E K-12 schools saving solutions and Prop 39 information
PG&E K-12 Schools Rebate Catalog (PDF, 2.5 MB)


*Subject to customer eligibility and program requirements. For more information, visit pge.com/eef