Energy Savings in Schools | Energy Efficiency with Proposition 39 and Public Funding


Schools face great fiscal challenges every year. So, freeing up money in existing budgets to benefit students and staff is critical. Saving energy is one way we help K-12 schools reallocate funds and receive public funding, such as through participation in California’s Proposition 39 (Prop 39) Program.

We’ve helped over three dozen California school districts save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through Prop 39 with the following results.


Annual Cost ($) Saved


Annual CO2 (Metric Tons) Reduction


Building on our core strength of detailed building analysis, we have supported over 90 K-12 school districts and community colleges with saving energy, reducing utility costs, increasing student and staff comfort, and improving the learning environment.


  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Berkeley Unified School District
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • Antioch Unified School District
  • Dublin Unified School District
  • Cupertino Union School District
  • Berryessa Union School District

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Murrieta Valley Unified School District
  • Escondido Unified School District
  • Oak Park Unified School District
  • Oceanside Unified School District
  • Citrus Community College
  • West Hills Community College
  • and many, many more!


Our approach focuses on opportunities that are most likely to be implemented, and resolve outstanding facility concerns, while documenting other possible energy saving measures for future consideration during later phases of a District-wide energy conservation program.

District Site & Staff Priorities Discovery

Close District collaboration is critical to our philosophy in developing, selecting, and implementing successful energy projects. Prior to site visits and analysis, we gather gather insights, priorities, and constraints from key stakeholders. We engineer success by focusing our efforts on opportunities that are most likely to be implemented with a suitable magnitude of potential savings, while documenting other possible measures for future consideration.

Energy Use Analysis & Site Benchmarking

Our team will review background information on each facility such as:

  • Portfolio Manager Data and Reports
  • Recent Energy Assessments, including Bright Schools Reports
  • Facility Master Plans
  • Energy Management Program Reports
  • Utility Billing Data

We will also benchmark each site, analyzing energy use and comparing it to similar schools with similar climates.

Initial Measures List and Audit Reports

We develop an initial measures list (IML) to be approved by District staff that identifies energy savings opportunities in the District. Once vetted, we select calculation methodologies to fit each project’s requirements, timeline and budget.


For sites benefiting from an in-depth energy analysis, we conduct a full site energy audit based on an approved IML.  Our audit reports are actionable, providing background facility information and proposed energy measures with required steps for implementation.

Economic Analysis

We research projects and recommend options based on economics, ease of installation, simplicity, and level of site disruption. We always included the Saving to Investment Ratio (SIR), as required in Prop 39 Energy Expenditure Plans, as an excellent (and required) means for evaluating energy efficiency measures. Additionally we consider Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) and Value Engineering (VE) as important criteria in economic analysis.

Incentive Application Support

Working for utility incentive programs since 2001, we are intimately aware of incentive program dynamics. We identify funding opportunities and compile application documentation. Working with utility representatives, we ensure a swift and fair review of project documents. Our job is to maximize potential rebate and incentive funds available to your District in conjunction with other potential Prop 39 funding opportunities.

Energy Expenditure Plan Development & Submission

After completing our energy analysis, we work with the District to develop the Energy Expenditure Plan (EEP) for submission to the CEC. We consider the following criteria such as:

  • CEC Prop 39 requirements and guidelines for EEPs,
  • District’s priorities, constraints, and other initiatives that will influence the EEP (e.g. Facilities Master Plans, bond measures, sustainability programs, student energy initiatives),
  • Relative risks and level of confidence associated with each measure’s savings potential, and
  • Various options for bundling of specific measures into projects, influenced by potential economies of scale, similarity of scope for defining product specifications and required vendor services, impact on implementation phasing and schedules, and availability of additional funding sources/

Project Support

When engaged for project support, we provide the following services and resources necessary for successful project implementation, completion and verification and work with you to identify to most cost-effective and attractive competitive bids.

  • Develop Performance Specifications
  • Prepare Scope of Work Documents
  • Evaluate and Recommend Contractor Selection
  • Project Oversight and Communication
  • Inspect and Review Work in Progress
  • Oversee Punch-List Execution


We have extensive experience commissioning energy projects within a vast variety of installations, including K-12 school facilities. Our commissioning approach ensures the systems and controls are operating (and communicating) per design intent and facility staff are properly trained on the new systems. We develop thorough yet clear and concise commissioning plans, communicate the plan to all parties, conduct on-site and remote testing of systems, and present all findings to the District in comprehensive final reports.

CEC Final Reporting

Within roughly two years of receipt of Prop 39 funding, Districts are required to submit a Final Project Completion Report to the CEC. As the District technical consultant, we develop and submit the Final Proposition 39 Project Completion Report to the CEC.

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The Clock is Ticking for Prop 39 Amendments & Final Reporting

Now that we’ve passed the deadline for all Proposition 39 funding requests, Energy Expenditure Plans (EEPs) and EEP Amendments, what lies ahead for your school district? Find out from kW’s School Specialist, David Struck.