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Considering Solar? Consider This.

There’s been a lot of positive press surrounding Fortune 500 companies, cities, and schools committing to net-zero energy goals. Perhaps because of this, organizations around the globe are looking to renewables like solar PV to solve their energy challenges.  According to new research conducted by Centrica Business Solutions, 79% of businesses are planning to increase the …

Sep 13, 2019

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Education

Location-Specific Lighting Efficiency Strategies in Schools

Schools represent a target market for a slew of innovative lighting efficiency strategies. First off, the Department of Energy estimates about 30 percent of electricity consumed by a typical school is for lighting alone. Because of the coincidental heat generated by outdated lighting fixtures, even more electricity is used to run air conditioning units. Why …

Ben Stewart

December 27, 2016

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SmartWatt Partners with California Conservation Corp to Create Jobs

For the past year, SmartWatt’s Placentia and Rocklin, California offices have worked jointly with the California Conservation Corp Energy Corps crews to make energy solutions more affordable for California’s K-12 schools and community colleges.  This year, they expanded the relationship and began an internship program, which has resulted in full-time jobs at SmartWatt. The California …

Ben Stewart

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Leveraging Prop 39 Funding for CA to Create Clean Energy Jobs

For the past year, SmartWatt’s Placentia and Rocklin, California offices have worked jointly with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) Energy Corps crews to make energy solutions more affordable for California’s K-12 schools and community colleges. This year, they expanded the relationship and began leveraging the California Proposition 39-funded program to launch an internship program in …

Ben Stewart

November 20, 2016

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Education

Stretching Your Proposition 39 Dollars

One of the biggest drains on California school’s budgets isn’t education-related at all; it’s energy. An upgrade manual authored by the EPA’s Energy Star reports that America’s schools spend more than $7.5 billion annually on energy—more than they spend on textbooks and computers combined. After salaries and benefits, energy costs are the largest operating expense …

Ben Stewart

October 27, 2016

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Education

Outdoor Lighting Efficiency: How CA K-12 Schools Can Comply with Title 24

Keeping up with California’s stringent set of standards for school lighting-with its very specific set of requirements-means pushing an institution’s lighting infrastructure to achieve maximum efficiency. The report, “Lighting Retrofit Strategies for California Schools,” out of UC Davis, provides a detailed guide of the best solutions for common K-12 Proposition 39 outdoor lighting efficiency strategies. …

Ben Stewart

October 23, 2016

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Education

TOCA – Task Order Construction Agreements at CSU Schools

The California State University (CSU) system recently launched TOCA, or Task Order Construction Agreements, to facilitate and simplify the delivery of bundled energy systems optimization projects. The model allows the delivery of multiple projects under one, one-year contract, or Master Enabling Agreement (MEA). Task orders are then issued for each project. Design-Build construction projects up to …

Ben Stewart

October 20, 2016

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Bundled Energy Projects

Proposition 39 Retrofit: Orange Coast College Receives Excellence Award

Today the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges announced their Energy and Sustainability awards, which represent the best of California’s Proposition 39 energy systems optimization projects. SmartWatt’s interior lighting and advanced lighting control project at Orange Coast College was the highest scoring Proposition 39 retrofit project this year.

Ben Stewart

September 21, 2015

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