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November 30, 2011

STATE ALLOCATION BOARD SOLAR AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY HEARING

A hearing on Solar Energy and Energy Efficient Project Options for California Schools will be held on December 5, 2011. The hearing will be held at the Capitol in Room 4202 and will also be webcast. See announcement here. This hearing is being held in response to a request by Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) in a recent State Allocation Board (SAB) Meeting. Our understanding is that there will be a panel on available funding sources and programs and a panel of “local perspectives” of those who have knowledge and experience with these programs as well as the Division of the State Architect’s approval process. We are in contact with Legislative and SAB staff and may know more about the agenda later on in the week. Although the hearing is focused on K-12, there will be a broader discussion about state policy toward energy school projects and program funding available for this purpose that may be available for K-14 and beyond. The School Energy Commission (SEC) will attend and may provide comments as appropriate. Our members are very interested in funding mechanisms for future investment in energy efficiency and renewable projects. We are also concerned with the length of time it takes for solar projects to be approved by DSA. SEC Webinar Set for January 31 – SEC is very excited to announce our first School Energy Coalition webinar on Solar Master Plans to be held on January 31 at 1:00 p.m. We are pleased to have Tom Kelly of Kyoto USA joining us to discuss in detail the Solar Master Planning Process undertaken by Oakland Unified, Berkeley Unified and West Contra Costa Unified to put together a team that provided technical assistance, funding, and plans to replicate this process with other K-12 schools throughout the state. More details on this informative session and registration for this webinar will be forthcoming. For more information or to join SEC, please visit the SEC website at www.schoolenergysolutions.org. Paul H. Holmes