November 21, 2013: The first round of money for public school districts from the passage of Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act -- over $106 million -- was released this week (total funding is $2.5 billion over five years). The funds are intended to help K-12, charters, county offices of education and community colleges begin new projects and make necessary repairs to increase efficiency and improve health and safety issues in the facilities.
At left, LEA leaders of the pack in solar energy; from a 2012 report from Environment California.
Last fall, Environment California Research & Policy Center issued a report, "Making the Grade with Clean Energy," on the state's solar schools; the case studies in the report highlight LEAs that have already taken significant steps to toward alternative energy solutions.
Requirements for how the money is to be spend was outlined in Senate Bill 73. The (extensive, county-by-county) list of local education agencies receiving first round checks can be accessed on the state Dept. of Education's website here.
A second application round for funds is scheduled for early '14.
This week, the check's in the mail for, among hundreds of others:
*Riverside County: almost $5.4 million will be given to 24 districts and charter schools. The amounts range from $704,902 for Corona-Norco Unified School District to $51,125 for Western Center Academy, a charter school in Hemet.
*San Bernardino County, more than $6.3 million will go to 35 agencies – districts, charter schools and the county office of education. The biggest share, $769,895, will be for San Bernardino City Unified School District. The smallest share, $18,200, will go to Grove School, a Montessori charter school in Redlands.
*San Diego County: San Diego USD, $1 million; Grossmont Union High School District (which includes Santee's high schools) will receive $247,000; Vista USD, $311,000; Oceanside USD, $278,000; San Marcos USD,almost $262,000; Escondido USD, $256,000; Cajon Valley USD, $223,000.