For Immediate Release: September 12, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Siskiyou County School District Awarded $380,000 to
Improve Lighting Efficiency

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission today awarded a loan of $380,000 to the Scott Valley Unified School District (Siskiyou County) to install energy efficient interior lights, lighting controls and a photovoltaic (PV) system.

Older interior florescent and incandescent lights at Etna High School, Etna Elementary School, Scott Valley Junior High School, and Fort Jones Elementary School will be replaced with higher efficiency T8 28-watt florescent lamps and electronic ballasts. Occupancy sensors designed to shut off lights when offices are not in use will also be installed.

The four schools will also each receive a ground mounted array PV system. The sites vary in size from 14 Kilowatts (KW) to 87 KW, with the four sites totaling 180 KW.

The project is funded by the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) program which grants energy loans at a three percent interest rate for local governments, schools from K-12, special districts, and public and private care facilities.

The total cost of the project is $1,236,273. In addition to the Energy Commission loan, the project will be financed by $300,000 in rebates from Pacific Power and a municipal lease totaling $556,269.

By installing new lights and PV systems, the school district is expected to save 345,615 kilowatt hours or $36,602 in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 119 tons every year.

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As of January 2012, nearly $270 million in ECAA loans to local governments, public schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies have been allocated to more than 750 recipients. For more information on the ECAA loan program, visit:

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology