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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

Oct 27, 2016

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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

Oct 23, 2016

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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

Oct 20, 2016

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3 Ways to Make Achieve Steam Boiler Efficiency

In the U.S. fruit and vegetable processing industry—which includes facilities that can, freeze, dry or dehydrate fruit and vegetable products—steam is king. Steam is the biggest end use of fuel in these types of plants, and steam boiler efficiency can result in dramatic savings. Steam boiler systems produce this versatile steam, which is then directed to …

Ben Stewart

Oct 18, 2016

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