IMPERIAL COUNTY - By the end of 2012, 45 schools from the Imperial Valley and Riverside Counties will be more energy efficient and will see their energy bill lower significantly.
Through their Learning Energy Awareness Program, also known as L.E.A.P., the Imperial Irrigation District granted over 1.2 million dollars in funds for local schools for energy efficient projects
"Schools are on economic difficulties right now", says IID Representative Andrea Miramontes. "They don't have a lot of finances to fund these projects. When IID offered this L.E.A.P. program, schools submitted any efficient HVAC and lighting measures to be replaced".
The L.E.A.P. Program was created to help local schools learn and implement energy efficiency and at the same time and more importantly lower that monthly bill.
The grants range from $640 to $35,000, depending on the size of the project submitted by the school.
The upgrades will be focused on the heating and air conditioning systems as well as the type of lighting.
The program will not only help the budget crisis at the schools, the students and their families could benefit as well.
"If students can learn energy efficiency, they can bring it home", says Miramontes. "We can get more homes energy efficient and get those savings".
42 of the 45 schools benefiting from the L.E.A.P. Program are from Imperial County, while the other 3 are from Riverside County.
Maritza Nuñez says, "We hope that this program will allow school officials to take the focus off of their budget concerns and allow them to focus more on providing a first-rate education to our students".
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