SMUD is training a group of high school juniors and seniors to perform energy-efficiency audits for their school.
The schools have committed to energy upgrades to reduce electricity costs.
And they’ll get help from SMUD’s rebate program.
The 300-thousand dollar project is paid for through carbon sales under California’s cap and trade system.
“It’s a win for our students," says Jacobe Cavitz, a project manager with SMUD. "It’s a win for our community because we’re able to reduce pollution and lower our energy bills, and it’s a win for the school because instead of having to pay higher bills they’re actually able to invest some of that money back into the education portion of their program.”
Caditz says none of the money for the project is coming from ratepayers.
But he says reduced demand from the upgrades could reduce costs to customers.
Students will also gain skills they can use for entering the workforce or for college applications.