The first round of funding from the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, passed as Proposition 39 on the November 2012 California ballot, is being distributed across the state to educational institutions embarking on new efficiency and alternative energy projects. The Napa Valley Register reports that five schools and two districts will be receiving $362,000 in funds, much of which will be used to finance solar energy solutions.

The schools receiving money include Stone Bridge, Shearer Charter, Napa Valley Language Academy, River Charter and Pope Valley Union Elementary. In addition, St. Helena Unified and Calistoga Joint Unified School Districts will also receive funding for solar projects at their administrative buildings.

“Energy efficiency projects in our schools will help create jobs, protect our environment, save money and create teachable moments for students all at the same time,” Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, said in a news release. “With Proposition 39, voters made it clear that they see support for education and the environment — and the intersection of the two — as a direct investment in the future of California.”

The budget for Proposition 39 comes from the closing of a tax loophole that was benefiting out-of-state businesses. The first round of distribution, which totals $106 million, went out this week. The remaining $2.4 billion will be given out over the course of the next five years.

If you’re the administrator of an institution that may qualify for a Prop 39 grant, or if you’re simply interested in learning more about Northern California solar energy, please contact West Coast Solar today!