School Board Fine-Tunes Improvements

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In other action, the board authorized the district to apply for free energy efficient upgrades through a Southern California Edison program during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education authorized Chief Business Official Paul Reed to apply for the energy company’s Third Party Implemented Turnkey Program for free lighting system energy efficiency upgrades.

The application is for all the pre-schools in the district.

The lighting upgrades would include light fixture conversions, installation of occupancy sensor light switches, compact florescent light bulbs, and light emitting diode exit signs.

The changes will help the district save money on their electricity bill and lower their overall energy usage.

The upgrades will be through the SCE approved consultant, California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program.

The CPEEP program helps center-based child care and preschool facilities in the Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric service areas be healthier, greener and save money on energy bills, all for free.

“Upon learning about the CPEEP program, and understanding that it would provide free lighting systems upgrades for district pre-schools, district staff initiated the application process for this program,” the staff report states.

The district expedited the application since the program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, or until funds are depleted.

The program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by SCE Company through a contract awarded to the Low Income Investment Fund, supported by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Source: Newport Beach Independent