Fresno Unified plans for $3.5 million in green energy funds

July 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Fresno Unified schools are getting $3.5 million from a state clean energy bill this year, money that school officials say will benefit Roosevelt High School and other schools with aging facilities.

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-L.A., visited Roosevelt on Tuesday to tout the projects with Fresno Unified Trustee Luis Chavez and other officials.

Chavez said the money will fund long-overdue lighting, heating and cooling upgrades.

District trustees lobbied de Leon and other lawmakers for the funds last spring, arguing central San Joaquin Valley schools use more energy than coastal or other inland districts.

The area’s scorching summer months and colder winters are to blame, they said.

At that time, Ruth Quinto, Fresno Unified’s chief financial officer, said the district’s annual energy bill totaled $15 million. That would be cut by at least 25%, she said, if the district received more green energy dollars.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6412, hfurfaro@fresnobee.com or @hannahfurfaro on Twitter.

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