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What's New

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Upcoming Changes - Economic Impacts

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved two significant changes in tariffs that will have impacts on the ecomonics of K-12 solar projects. One change is welcome, the other has not yet been finalized, so its impacts are uncertain. Nevertheless, most industry leaders believe that the changes will make K-12 solar projects less economically attractive than they are today. If your school district has been considering solar, now is the time to look at that possibility more closely.

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Solar Master Plans for Public Schools

KyotoUSA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are pleased to announce the release of the Solar Master Plans developed for Berkeley, Oakland and West Contra Costa Unified School Districts.

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Rosa Parks Elementary PV System Revolutionizes Rooftop Solar

Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkeley is the location of the first "ballasted" PV system in California approved by the Division of the State Architect.  Installed by SunPower Corp. the PV system requires NO penetrations to secure the array to the roof. That means no roof leaks, easier removal, and further reduces the cost of solar arrays installed on California's public schools.

The project - managed by us - was made possible, in part, by a $200,000 grant from PG&E.

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Proposition 39

Californians approved Prop 39 in November 2012 closing a corporate tax loophole. Proceeds from Prop 39 - expected to be more than $2B over five years - will fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in California's public schools. Governor Brown and the State legislature hammered out an agreement - codified in Senate Bill 73 - on how to spend the funds. SB 73 implements Prop 39 and describes the Legislature's intent on how the money is to be allocated. Criteria for grants and low interest loans have been developed by the California Energy Commission with input from the California Department of Education and the California Public Utilities Commision. Funding is now being made available to school districts across the state.

Sign up for notices from the California Energy Commission on the Prop 39 implementation process here.

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Testimonials: What Others Are Saying About Our Work

Superintendents, Facilities Directors, Parents, School Board members, and elected officials have all commented on the services that we have provided to school districts.