Truckee Donner PUD awards $44,000 rebate to TTUSD

Special to the Sun
From left, TTUSD Board Clerk Gaylan Larson, TTUSD Sustainability and Project Supervisor Anna Klovstad, TDPUD Program Manager Lauren Schaake-Hudson and TTUSD Superintendent Chief Learning Officer Rob Leri.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Donner Public Utility District recently awarded the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District $44,049.08 in energy efficiency rebates to support school projects. TTUSD celebrated this rebate with a check presentation at their March 1 Board of Education meeting.

The TDPUD’s rebate, combined with the Proposition 39 funds, allowed TTUSD to replace more than 500 fluorescent light fixtures with LED EvoKit fixtures that include SpaceWise controls and use 45 percent less energy than the traditional fluorescent fixtures.

The SpaceWise technologies — that include daylight harvesting, motion sensing and dimming controls — save TTUSD an additional 17 percent by using only power that is needed.

“We are delighted to present the school district with this rebate check,” said Lauren Schaake-Hudson, TDPUD conservation program administrator. “This cost-effective energy efficiency project will save the schools a lot of money for years.”

The school district expects an $8,884 annual savings in electrical use for the 20-year life from these upgraded light fixtures.

TTUSD’s Superintendent Chief Learning Officer Rob Leri stated, “We are extremely appreciative of our strong partnership with the Truckee Donner PUD. They understand the importance of environmental stewardship in our district and their tremendous support has helped us be successful in our sustainability programs. Not only does this provide our school district with financial savings but it also provides a teaching opportunity for our scholars.”

This article was provided on behalf of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. To find out more about the TDPUD’s conservation rebates and programs, go to

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