Finally, we work significantly with school districts in the area of energy management and conservation. We have assisted as general counsel in the establishment of energy conservation systems as well as bond counsel in the issuance of Federally backed bonds for energy conservation. In this latter area, we have assisted districts in the issuance of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (“QZABs”), Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (“CREBs”) as well as Qualified School Construction Bonds (“QSCBs”).
These Federally backed, public school finance programs have saved the firm’s school district clients significant finance costs. This is an added benefit to the long term facility and energy savings resulting from the overall energy projects. In this same area of law, we have assisted our school district clients in understanding and implementing these programs as school districts move toward the year 2030 goals of “Net Zero Energy” and “Net Zero Water.”