By Richard Bammer
With an eye on future savings, Vacaville Unified leaders on Thursday approved a request for school district staff to draft a proposal to select an energy services consultant to help the district devise an energy plan.
The scope of the work — finding ways to reduce costs to light, heat and cool district schools, and to retrofit them — includes money made available through Proposition 39, Leigh Coop, the district’s director of facilities, told the governing board, which met in the Educational Services Center.
Proposition 39, passed by voters in 2012, is a law that requires multistate businesses to pay income taxes based on a percentage of their sales in California, money that will be used, for five years, for clean-energy projects. At passage, state officials predicted the state would reap $1 billion, with a significant portion spent on public schools.