California Legislature

Nao Takasugi

Assemblyman, Thirty-Seventh District


August 21, 1996                                       Contact: Mark F. Dodd
For Immediate Release                                        (805) 987-5195

State Loan Provides Five Conejo Valley Schools
With Energy Efficiency Savings

CAMARILLO -- Assemblyman Nao Takasugi (R--Oxnard) announced that the Conejo Valley Unified School District will make energy-saving lighting improvements to five of its schools, thanks to a $222,400 low-interest loan from the California Energy Commission.

The district will cut its energy bill by more than $46,500 a year by replacing outdated lights and fixtures at Colina and Los Cerritos Middle Schools, Sequoia and Redwood Intermediate Schools, and Westlake High School. "From the utility savings alone, the district can pay back its loan in less than five years, and the savings will continue for years to come," said Assemblyman Nao Takasugi.

This is the second energy loan for the district. "Last September, Conejo Valley Unified borrowed $113,000 to make energy improvements at Thousand Oaks High School, which was modernized," Takasugi said. "At that school, the added energy efficiency cut utility bills by more than $28,000 a year."

The Conejo Valley Unified School District operates three regular high schools, a continuation high school, four intermediate or middle schools, and 18 elementary schools in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The district serves nearly 17,600 students in Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village.

The Energy Commission's Bright Schools Program helps school districts finance energy-saving projects and provides no-cost technical assistance to identify energy efficiency opportunities. For this and previous energy projects with the Conejo Valley Unified District, the Commission partnered with the local utility, Southern California Edison Company, which assisted in performing lighting audits.

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