Energy Efficient Schools Initiative


2018 Call for Projects

Update as of 8/27/2018

The submission period for EESI grants has closed. Project applications are currently being evaluated and award letters will be issued on August 31.

About EESI

The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI) – Call for Projects is designed for K-12 educational institutions in the realization of energy efficient upgrades to their facilities through competitive grant opportunities. Qualifying energy efficient upgrades include lighting and HVAC measures. The EESI program is a collaboration between IID and Citizens Energy Corporation.  Funding for this program is provided by Citizens Energy. 

Please note: Minimum HVAC efficiency requirements for the EESI program are:

14 SEER / 11 EER for split and packaged AC units

and 7.7 HSPF for heat pumps


The Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI) – Call for Projects is available to all K-12 public, private and chartered schools within IID’s service territory. Qualifying schools must be registered with either the California Charter Schools Association or the California Department of Education.


Funding is open, on a competitive basis, to K-12 schools within IID’s service territory in Imperial and Coachella valleys. Eligible projects must focus on HVAC and lighting energy efficiency retrofits attainable in 2018.

Funding is limited and participation is not guaranteed.

Per project grant awards will vary based on financial need as determined by Citizens Energy Corporation, the funding entity for the program administered by IID.  Financial need criteria will be based on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and enrollment data. See EESI Call for Projects Guidelines for more information.

Key Dates

 2018 Call for Project Applications Due:  August 17, 2018
 Grant Awards Announced:  August 31, 2018
 Project Completion and Invoice Submittal Deadline:  November 30, 2018
 Grant Funding Release:  December 15-30, 2018



 Call for Projects Guidelines [PDF]
 Grant Application  [PDF]
 Grant Payment Release Authorization [PDF]
 Lighting Calculator [XLS]
 HVAC Calculator [XLS]


For More Information:

For more information about this program, please see the EESI Call for Projects Guidelines and the Grant Application  or contact IID’s energy efficiency specialists by email at or phone 1-760-482-3682. 

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