Santa Barbara School District Uses Prop 39 Funds for Energy Improvements

July 23, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

Noresco energy manageThe Santa Barbara Unified School District has received state approval of its five-year energy expenditure plan and Proposition 39 funding to upgrade building systems at 13 schools. NORESCO will serve as the owner’s representative for the school district to deliver $2.7 million in improvements through the multi-year project.

Development of projects under the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, also known as Proposition 39, is a structured multi-step process. The district began the process by selecting NORESCO to perform energy audits at its schools to identify lighting, controls, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, building weatherization and renewable energy projects.

Following the screening to meet the Proposition 39 requirements, a comprehensive lighting upgrade is scheduled for implementation across multiple years. NORESCO will develop bid specifications, evaluate bids, coordinate communication, provide commissioning services and perform administrative tasks for utility rebates and Proposition 39. Work at the majority of the district’s schools, funded by Proposition 39 grants for 2014 and 2015, is underway, with three annual cycles to follow.

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