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No Cost LED Conversion + Student Engagement

San Diego, CA

This project integrates energy efficiency upgrades with sustainability education and job training at no upfront or ongoing cost to the school that’s implementing it.

Topics Covered

Energy Efficiency


Initial: 113 Thousand USD



State and local grants

Project Status

In Progress/Under Construction since 2017

Gov Champion

Private schools - not a local government department

Problem Addressed

Budgets are a constant challenge for schools, including The Taylion High Desert and San Diego Academies.

The Taylion High Desert and San Diego Academies, just like most other schools, are constantly looking for ways to do more for their students with less money. The Academies' outdated, inefficient lighting was a great opportunity to simultaneously 1) save money and 2) offer new learning opportunities for students.

Solutions Used

The Taylion High Desert and San Diego Academies are converting all of their fluorescent lighting to LED technology using funding from Proposition 39, a program in CA that funds energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in public education institutions.

The upfront cost of the project is completely covered by Prop 39 funding, and because lumeo’s Lighting as a Service (LaaS) model provides ongoing O&M, the entire project is 100% free of charge to Taylion. Unlike most LED upgrades, this project will engage students throughout the conversion process. Working with lumeo, Taylion students will learn how to audit lighting systems and perform corresponding energy and financial analyses. In addition, at the end of the project on their own campus, students will audit the local Boys and Girls club and present findings to management to help the organization understand the benefits of upgrading to LED technology.



Significant energy savings – estimates include a 79 percent energy reduction


Significant lifetime maintenance savings – estimates include a $364,287 reduction

Something Unique

Students are conducting the lighting audits and corresponding energy and financial analyses

Who Should Consider

Municipalities and school districts that have not yet upgraded lighting systems in publicly-owned buildings to LED technology.

Last Updated

Aug 14th, 2017
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