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Silicon Valley Energy WatchEach year, K-12 schools in the United States spend $8 billion on energy, more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. The Silicon Valley Energy Watch is here to help, supporting schools and districts with energy conservation and management.

In addition to cost savings, energy upgrades result in improved air and lighting quality, which has been found to increase student productivity and attendance rates. Energy upgrades can also serve as new and inspiring vehicle to advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum in the classroom- check out the Educational Resources below.

Our no-cost schools services
  • Analysis of your school’s energy use and registration in the U.S. EPA’s online energy benchmarking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Scoping and implementation of no- and low-cost building upgrades, including rebate processing and direct installation of lighting, refrigeration, and vending energy efficiency measures
  • Retrocommissioning, comprehensive HVAC and controls audits, and more
  • Resources about financing options for building upgrades and clean energy investments, including support to districts on the Proposition 39 application process
  • Resources, educational materials, and training about energy conservation and other environmental topics for all grade levels

Proposition 39
With the availability Proposition 39 funding for energy upgrades, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch can assist school districts with the Proposition 39 process through:
  • Assessing facilities with benchmarking assistance and auditing
  • Identifying cost effective measures
  • Strategy meeting assistance
  • Financial resource guidance, including rebates and incentives
  • Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plan application assistance
  • Project execution and follow up

Learn more about Proposition 39

All public K-12 schools in Santa Clara County PG&E territory are eligible for the services provided by the Silicon Valley Energy Watch. Preschools may be eligible for upgrades as part of our nonprofit services.

Other Financing and Incentive Options
Educational Resources
  • The PG&E Bright Ideas Grant program provides funding to schools to develop projects and curriculum that educate students about renewable energy, conservation and environmental stewardship. Past projects have included installing solar panels, designing and implementing energy-saving ideas in classrooms, hosting solar car derbies, and other solar-powered inventions.
  • PG&E Energenius K-8 curriculum programs include lesson plans, interactive activities, and take home materials.
  • Energize Schools provides free K-12 curriculum, teacher resources and certification programs.
  • PEAK is a hands on environmental education program designed to empower students to be environmental stewards within their communities; PEAK also provides parent and teacher resources.

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.