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K-12 Schools Sustainability Strategy Collaborative Update

  |   Energy Efficiency, K-12 Sustainability

San Diego region K-12 school districts continue their strong positive momentum and progress in encumbering funding and launching implementation of energy efficiency and clean energy projects funded by Proposition 39. Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) recently announced public RFP’s as the next step to proceed with their comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit initiatives.


To date, San Diego K-12 schools have received approval from the California Energy Commission for 48 Energy Expenditure Plans, which will fund $47.5 million in energy upgrades for local schools.


Field data has been collected for an ASHRAE Level 2 audit at Vista Grande Elementary School, which is a candidate school for SDG&E’s Zero Net Energy retrofit pilot program. The audit will identify all potential building envelope, lighting, HVAC, and plug load energy and power reduction opportunities.


SDUSD already had comprehensive deep retrofits planned for Vista Grande Elementary School in their Proposition 39 2015/16 Energy Expenditure Plan, and SDG&E will provide third party expertise in energy modeling to help determine the best additional energy conservation measures to achieve energy use intensity 20-25% more stringent than Title 24. Solar PV and/or other renewable energy technologies will then be implemented to achieve the Zero Net Energy goal.


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