For Immediate Release: August 26, 1996
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654-4989

State Loan Provides Five Fall River
Area Schools With Energy Efficiency Savings

The Fall River Joint Unified School District soon will make energy-saving lighting improvements to all five of its schools, thanks to a $238,000 low-interest loan from the California Energy Commission.

"The district will cut its energy bill by more than $36,600 a year by replacing outdated lights and fixtures at East Burney, Mt. Burney and Fall River Elementary Schools, and Burney and Fall River High Schools," said Energy Commissioner Jananne Sharpless. "Just from the energy savings generated, the district can recover the cost of the loan in seven years and the savings will continue for years to come."

The Fall River Joint Unified School District operates three elementary schools that teach grades kindergarten through six. In an unusual configuration, its two high school campuses also serve as junior high schools, teaching students in grades 7 through 12. The district serves nearly 1,750 students in Shasta County.

In all the district's facilities, outdated fluorescent lights with be replaced with energy efficient fluorescents using electronic ballasts. Sites for the work, which is expected to be completed by the end of November, will include not only classrooms and offices but the district's bus garage and maintenance yard as well.

"The retrofit will reduce the District's energy use by approximately 20 percent," said Sharpless.

Funding for the project comes from the Energy Commission's Bright Schools Program which offers technical assistance, provides energy audits and helps to finance energy-saving projects for California school districts.

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For more information, contact:

Roger Borkey, Project Manager, Fall River
Joint Unitied School District, (916) 335-4537

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