Prop 39

The California State Senate is here to encourage and support local schools to apply for funding. On this site, there are various informative tools and resources available to help with the application process.

Local schools are eligible to apply for Prop 39 funding by submitting an energy expenditure plan to the California Energy Commission. Community colleges may request funding through the California Community College, Chancellor’s Office.

Who is eligible and how much is available?

For the fiscal year 2014–15:

$279 million to school districts, charter schools, county offices of education and state special schools.

$25.2 million to the Energy Commission’s Energy Conservation Assistance Act-Education (ECAA-Ed), a nointerest revolving loan program for local schools.

$2.8 million to the Energy Commission Bright School’s Program for energy audits and other technical assistance.

$31.6 million to California community college districts.

$3 million to the California Workforce Investment Board for a competitive grant program for employment training in clean energy fields.

$5 million to the California Conservation Corps for energy conservation related activities.

How are the funds spent?

To date, the Energy Commission has approved 253 energy expenditure plans, totaling more than $170 million and benefiting 788 schools in California.

Eligible projects include:

  • Repairs to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.
  • New chillers, boilers and furnaces.
  • New lighting and lighting control systems.
  • Installation of energy-efficient windows, shades and programmable thermostats.
  • On-site clean energy generation.

Estimated Annual Savings from Prop 39 Projects

Estimated Annual Cost Savings and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions From Approved Energy Expenditure Plans (as of August 17, 2015)

Estimated Annual Energy Cost Savings $25,406,777
Estimated Annual Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions (lbs of carbon dioxide emissions) 110,637,201

Source: California Energy Commission staff