Investment in Energy Efficient Schools and Colleges

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) allocates tax revenue to California's Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013-14. Up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible projects, including workforce development, to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools. More information is available in Senate Bill 73 and in the Prop 39 Workforce Grant Program RFA.

Education and Workforce Funding

Supporting this investment in energy efficient schools and colleges, $5 million in workforce grants to regional community college consortia was funded through the California Community Colleges Workforce and Economic Development Division. Regional grantees are:

  • North/Far North
  • Bay Area
  • Central Valley/South Central
  • Los Angeles/Orange County
  • San Diego/Imperial/Desert/
  • Inland Empire
  • Mendocino College
  • Laney College
  • Kern Community College District
  • Los Angeles Trade & Technical College
  • Cuyamaca College

Student Success through community college completions is the primary objective of the Prop 39 workforce grant. This objective is supported by Program Improvement Funds that target occupations in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors of energy efficiency and clean energy generation. Residential and agricultural occupations are excluded. Program Improvement Funds must be invested by March 31, 2015.

Energy Efficiency Program Definition

Energy consumption and clean energy generation occur on the customer or “demand” side of the utility meter - the power meter, gas meter, and water meter. Energy efficiency programs – for purposes of the Prop 39 workforce grant - reduce demand side energy consumption in commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings.

Technologies Eligible for Prop 39 Program Improvement Funding

Within demand-side applications for commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings, energy efficiency technologies fall into four general categories:

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
  • Lighting and lighting controls
  • Building envelope (roofing, insulation, windows, etc.)
  • Renewable Energy related to energy consumption in a building

Related technologies for environmental controls can be eligible for Prop 39 funds allocation:

  • Lighting control systems (e.g. California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program)
  • Environmental Control Systems (sensors, controls, and networking specifically for HVAC/R)
  • Building Automation Systems, if related to HVAC/R or lighting controls

Please refer to the Eligible TOP Code section of this website for guidance on community college programs that can qualify for Program Improvement Funds.

Additionally, funding is available for specific third-party industry certifications and for completion of relevant apprenticeship programs.

Foundational Workforce Programs

Selected programs such as Electrical, Plumbing, Sheet Metal, Drafting, OSHA, and others are considered “foundational” to an Energy Efficiency pathway and are eligible for Prop 39 workforce funds allocation.

Please see other pages in this section for the list of approved TOP Codes, Third party Certificates, and Apprenticeship programs for Prop 39 workforce funding eligibility.

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