The Business Journal
The Madera Unified School District announced it has selected Highlands Energy of Fresno to maximize energy savings using $212,000 from Proposition 39.
The contract is one of the first in the state funded by Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.
Approved by voters in November 2012, the act relies on a five-year corporate tax to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects at state school districts.
Statewide funding for Prop. 39 is projected at $550 million per year. The California Department of Education announced the first $381 million from the initiative last October with Madera Unified in line for $973,464 of that.
As part of its $212,000 contract, Highlands Energy will act as a consultant for Madera Unified, identifying sources of energy loss and alternative energy potential the the district’s facilities.
After the audit, which is expected to be complete October 2014, Madera Unified and Highlands Energy will prepare an Energy Expenditure Plan that can be turned into the state for a release of Prop. 39 funds.
The energy improvements may also be supplemented through federal and state grants, as well as bonds.