Senate

California Legislature


Tim Leslie

Senator, First District



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                  Contact: Robert Dugan
Date: November 12, 1996                                 Phone: (916) 969-8232



State Loan Provides Grass Valley School
With Energy Efficiency Savings



Senator Tim Leslie (R-Tahoe City) announced that energy-saving lighting improvements will be made to the Clear Creek Elementary School in Grass Valley, thanks to a $11,700 low-interest loan from the California Energy Commission.

"Clear Creek Elementary School will cut its energy bill by nearly $2,000 a year, simply by replacing outdated lights and fixtures in its classrooms," said Senator Leslie. "With no upfront costs and by using the energy savings alone, this small school district can recover the cost of the project in six years. Lighting will be improved and utility bill savings will continue for years to come."

Clear Creek Elementary School District operates the single elementary school with 175 students in grades kindergarten through eight.

The California Conservation Corps conducted the initial audit that identified the energy-saving projects. Using Energy Commission funds, they will provide the labor to replace old lights with more efficient fluorescents that use electronic ballasts.

"This is a proud example of two state agencies working together to help a small local school district cut waste and save taxpayers' money," said Senator Leslie.

Funding for the project comes from the Energy Conservation Assistance Act, through which the Energy Commission helps reduce energy consumption and cost in public and private nonprofit schools and hospitals, local governments, special districts and public care institutions.



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