The Legislature finds and declares that it is in the interest of the state and of the people thereof for the state to aid school districts in finding cost-effective methods of conserving energy in school buildings maintained by the districts. The Legislature also finds that while many districts may desire to participate in energy conservation programs designed to reduce the steadily rising costs of meeting the energy needs of school buildings, that the costs involved in improving existing school facilities to become more energy efficient are often prohibitive.
It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this chapter to encourage school districts to retrofit school buildings so as to conserve energy and reduce the costs of supplying energy.
(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 277, Sec. 3. Operative January 1, 1998.)