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Prop 39

Prop 39

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) changed the corporate income tax code and allocates projected revenue to California's General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013-14. Under the initiative, roughly up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible projects to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.

Eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) — including county offices of education, school districts, charter schools and state special schools—can request funding by submitting an energy expenditure plan application to the California Energy Commission. For the first year, there is an option to receive part or all of a school's allocation for energy savings planning purposes. The Energy Commission approves plans and works with the California Department of Education, which subsequently distributes funds after plans have been approved.

EWCSD was approved for a district wide project to replace all interior and exterior lighting to efficient LED lighting. The LED lighting will reduce electricity usage by approximately 25%. Additional benefits include dimming for each classroom, lower fixture temperatures, and no flickering or buzzing like traditional lamps helping our children with special needs.