Last November, California voters passed Proposition 39, also known as the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, that closed a tax loophole for out-of-state companies. As a result, more money had been added to the state's general fund, some of which has been allocated to the public and charter schools for the purpose of making structural improvements that will increase energy efficiency. More than $106 million went to schools this week in the first round of funding.
According to the Napa Valley Register, $362,000 was distributed to five schools and two school districts within Napa County.
"Energy efficiency projects in our schools will help create jobs, protect our environment, save money and create teachable moments for students all at the same time," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a press release. "With Proposition 39, voters made it clear that they see support for education and the environment — and the intersection of the two — as a direct investment in the future of California."
Over the next five years, the Napa Valley Unified School District will receive approximately $819,000 in Proposition 39 funds, states the source. The district plans on using the money to pay for solar installations. Construction will begin in the spring of 2014, and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. Some schools will also use the money to upgrade to energy-efficient heating and cooling and lighting systems.