For immediate release: May 4, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Clovis Schools Get State Loan
to Cut Energy Costs


Sacramento - The Clovis Unified School District soon will cut lighting costs, thanks to a $293,572 loan from the California Energy Commission.

The loan will enable Clovis Unified to upgrade outdated lighting at seven of its schools. As a result, the district will reduce its electricity bill by nearly $46,500 a year.

Lighting improvements will be made to the Dry Creek, Fort Washington, Lincoln, Mickey Cox, and Miramonte elementary schools, as well as Kastner Intermediate and Gateway Continuation schools.

"From the energy savings alone, the district can repay this loan in just over six years," said Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell. "With previous energy loans from the Energy Commission, Clovis Unified has already made energy improvements at 17 of its 23 schools. The resulting electricity savings are good news for district taxpayers, and students benefit from classrooms that are brighter and more comfortable."

Funds for the loan come from the Energy Commission's Bright Schools Program, which offers technical assistance and helps to finance energy-saving projects for California school districts.

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For more information, contact:

Walter Buster, Superintendent, Clovis Unified School District, (559) 327-9000

Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4989





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