By Karen Billing
The Rancho Santa Fe School District will take advantage of funding from Prop 39, the Clean Energy Jobs Act to help make its school more energy-efficient. Superintendent Lindy Delaney said they are interested in doing anything they can to be more efficient as they have seen significant increases in their energy bills since rates went up — the district’s last bill was for $20,000.
The district will receive $250,000 over the next five years and its has selected projects to complete such as a new chiller (a system that produces chilled water to cool air); new LED lighting in the 400 building, one of the older buildings on campus; and replacing the bulbs in the parking lot lights. The work is expected to cost around $240,000 and Delaney said over the next eight months they will work on approvals and going out to bid for the projects — she expects it all to be complete next summer.
Delaney said the district will be out of pocket on the projects and then reimbursed by the state.