For Immediate Release: April 8, 1997
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 - 654 - 4989

State Loan Provides Princeton's Schools
With Energy Efficiency Savings

Energy-saving lighting improvements will be made to the two schools in the Princeton Joint Unified School District, thanks to a $55,600 loan from the California Energy Commission.

"Total cost of the energy projects at Princeton Elementary and Princeton High School will be approximately $62,000, with the district making up the balance not covered by the state loan," said Jananne Sharpless, Energy Commissioner. "By changing to more efficient lighting, the district will cut its yearly energy bill by nearly $8,500, enabling the district to repay the loan in six and a half years, just from the energy savings alone."

The district will replace outdated incandescent lighting fixtures with energy efficient compact fluorescents or hard-wired fluorescent fixtures. Existing fluorescents will be converted to more efficient lamps using electronic ballasts. Occupancy sensors will be added to some locations to turn off lights in rooms not in use, and exit signs will be converted to LED models using less electricity. The improvements will cut energy use by 18 percent.

The Princeton Joint Unified School District is located in the extreme southeast corner of Glenn County. Its elementary school has approximately 150 students in grades K through six. Princeton High teaches nearly 120 junior and senior high school pupils.

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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