For Immediate Release: July 27, 2011
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989


Imperial County Buildings Improved with $816,000
Energy Commission Loan

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved a low-interest loan of $816,494 that will allow Imperial County to upgrade the air conditioning system at County Complex 2, the juvenile detention facilities in El Centro.

"The improvements will cut in half the number of kilowatt-hours the three-building complex presently uses, cutting the County's energy bill by nearly $90,000 a year," said Energy Commission Chair Dr. Robert Weisenmiller. "From the energy savings alone, the County will be able to repay the loan in just over nine years at no additional cost to taxpayers and the reduced energy costs should allow the county to provide additional services to its citizens," Weisenmiller added.

The project will replace an aging central heating, ventilation and air conditioning system serving the Juvenile Detention Facility, the adjacent Juvenile Probation and training building, and the nearby County Probation building. In the process, two heavily corroded, 21-year-old cooling units will be replaced, along with 288 tons of air handlers. The energy improvements will reduce the County's greenhouse gas emissions by more than 244 tons a year.

Funding for the $816,494 loan comes from the Energy Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA), which extends low-interest loans to cities, counties and public or non-profit schools, hospitals and public care facilities.

Total cost of the energy improvement project is estimated to be $1,060,000. The $243,506 not covered by the three-percent ECAA loan will come from a grant given to Imperial County last year by the Energy Commission through its Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Using federal stimulus money - funds from the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act - the EECBG program is allocating making more than $35 million to California's eligible small cities and counties for energy efficiency projects that deliver lasting financial benefits to California consumers and the economy.

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