Generating more than $1 billion annually for California, the passage of Proposition 39 or the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, ensures that schools and communities benefit from energy efficiency and clean energy projects with measurable cost-savings and increased jobs. For the next five years, $500 million will go toward energy efficiency and clean energy projects, while the other $500 million goes directly to the State General Fund.
School districts and other specific educational agencies 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.
The California State Senate is here to encourage and support LEAs to apply for funding. On this site, there are various informative tools and resources available to help with the application process.
Over the next five years, about $2.5 billion in new revenues from Prop 39 will help create clean energy jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save schools money by reducing energy costs. [Prop 39 Fact Sheet]
Follow-up legislation (Senate Bill 73, Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Chapter 29, Statues of 2013 and Senate Bill 852, Leno, Chapter 25, Statutes of 2014) allocates Prop 39 funds to California’s K-12 schools and community colleges. Senate Bill 73 also makes the California Energy Commission the lead agency for the K-12 portion of the program. The bill also established accountability requirements to ensure these funds deliver the expected outcomes.
Prop 39 changed the corporate income tax code and allocates projected revenue to the state General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund. Under the initiative, millions of dollars are available annually for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible energy projects such as energy efficiency upgrades and clean energy generation at schools.