GLENDALE, California – Through Glendale Water & Power’s (GWP) “Operation School House” Public Benefit Program, Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) will receive a rebate of $615,000 for making over $4,272,000 in energy saving upgrades at four area schools.
GWP’s “Operation School House” provides local schools with incentives to complete pre-approved energy saving projects. GUSD recently upgraded John Muir, Richardson D. White, Mark Keppel and Balboa Elementary schools above title 24 California’s energy efficiency building requirements.
For each school, GUSD incentives were toward the purchase of new energy efficient HVAC systems with advanced thermostats for better temperature control, extra insulation to help keep cool air in, dropped ceilings so that less space is cooled, and economizers designed to cool the schools using the outside air, when humidity is mild, rather than using refrigeration equipment to cool recirculated warm air.
“Working with the local school district over the past five years to save energy has been a very rewarding experience for GWP,” said Ignacio Troncoso, GWP Director. “These latest upgrades will reduce energy consumption at the four schools by more than $80,000 a year for up to fifteen years.”
With this final installment of $615,000, GUSD has received just under $1.5 million from GWP’s Operation School House Program to support energy saving upgrades above title 24 requirements at 18 area schools since 1999.
"The District welcomes its continued relationship with the Glendale Water & Power in achieving energy savings in a responsible and cost efficient manner. The cooperative efforts of the District and City Staff in the "Operation School House" Public Benefit Program have a very positive impact on our community,” said Assistant Superintendent Steve Hodgson.
Glendale Water & Power is the City of Glendale’s utility. Glendale Water & Power generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to 75,341 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Glendale, California. The city-owned utility also provides water to 32,500 customers.
Operation School House is a Public Benefit Program designed to help public schools make substantial energy efficient upgrades. Public Benefit Programs are funded through a state mandated fee on all electricity bills. Once collected, the fees are used to support energy saving programs for our customers.