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Schneider Electric Secures $5.3M in Prop 39 Funding

July 30, 2014 By Karen Henry

Schneider Energy ManageThe California Energy Commission has approved $5.3 million in Proposition 39 funding for Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. The funding—the largest Prop 39 allocation to date—is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to implement energy efficiency projects at the district’s four high schools.

Hacienda La Puente USD has partnered with Schneider Electric on the five-year ESPC, which includes classroom lighting and occupancy sensor retrofits, LED exterior and gymnasium lighting retrofits, and new heating and cooling controls systems.

The project will save Hacienda La Puente USD’s four high schools $459,000 annually, or 28 percent of their existing energy bills. The school district will realize 38 percent electricity savings at these sites.

In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 39 to close tax loopholes and invest $2.5 billion of that new revenue into energy efficiency improvements in K–12 and community college buildings. Senate Bill 73 spells out the details of how the grant funds will be allocated, and it includes a number of requirements to ensure Proposition 39 funds deliver the expected energy efficiency and cost savings.

Hacienda La Puente USD is the 8th largest district in Los Angeles County and represents more than 20,000 students.

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