Schneider Electric Helps Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Save Nearly $3.5 Million with Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Time for the New School Year

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Comprehensive lighting and building automation upgrades will save the district nearly $170,000 annually

By partnering with an energy expert who took the time to understand our needs and has deep experience with Proposition 39 projects, we were able to make our wish list of improvements a reality.

Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric today announced it has embarked on a comprehensive energy efficiency project with the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD) in Los Angeles County, California. The project will save the district nearly $170,000 annually, improve the learning environment for students and advance the district’s mission of providing safe, comfortable schools. This project leverages funding secured through the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39), which allows school districts to tackle critical deferred maintenance projects that result in energy savings.

Over the last decade, NLMUSD has struggled to work with and maintain five disparate building automation systems across its 32 facilities. While one system worked well, the others were completely unreliable, causing a slew of issues for building occupants and the district’s maintenance staff. When Proposition 39 funding became available, the district knew it wanted to spend the funding on alleviating its building automation system issues. Schneider Electric worked with the district to install and integrate new building automation systems at seven priority sites and install new exterior LED lighting at the district’s three comprehensive high schools, improving campus energy efficiency and safety.

“We are committed to providing a safe and comfortable learning environment for our students,” said Hasmik Danielian, Superintendent, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. “By partnering with an energy expert who took the time to understand our needs and has deep experience with Proposition 39 projects, we were able to make our wish list of improvements a reality.”

Most construction was completed during the summer months to minimize the impact on students, faculty and staff. The remaining work will be complete by December 2017.

“Our students and staff are going to benefit greatly from the numerous improvements to our classrooms and facilities,” said Sean Reagan, Board President, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. “The project will also help us reduce our environmental impact.”

In addition to annual energy savings, the project will have a positive environmental impact, removing 520 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to taking 112 passenger vehicles off the road or powering 67 homes for one year.

“K-12 schools across the country are facing long lists of unmet deferred maintenance needs as facilities age and school budgets continue to decline,” said Kathleen Neff, CA K-12 Account Executive, Schneider Electric. “Our proven track record with securing maximum Proposition 39 funding as well as our quick delivery method enables schools to take on needed and long overdue facilities projects that make a big difference to students, staff and the community.”

Schneider Electric has developed highly successful energy efficiency projects for many school districts across California, securing over $65 million in Proposition 39 funding and generating more than $4.4 million in annual energy savings.

Over the past 23 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented more than 660 energy savings performance contract (ESPC) projects across the nation, saving its clients nearly $1.7 billion. This project delivery method helps publicly funded entities make capital improvements over longer payback periods and offers many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management and environmental protection.

For more information on how Schneider Electric helps K-12 schools tackle energy efficiency, please visit or contact your local Schneider Electric representative.


About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of $26 billion US dollars (25 billion euros) in FY2016, our 144,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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