For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Imperial Beach Goes Green with Better Street lighting

With a huge boost from federal stimulus funds, the city of Imperial Beach has completed a wide-scale lighting retrofit of several streets.

The city's public works department contracted with a private company to upgrade 177 existing high and low pressure sodium and mercury vapor street lights with induction lighting that use 50 percent less electricity and generate less greenhouse emissions.

The retrofitted lamp posts that used to incorporate traditional cobra-head and shepherd hook lighting are along the following thoroughfares: Seacoast Drive, Palm Avenue, Date Avenue, Elm Avenue, Dahlia Avenue, Imperial Beach Boulevard, Encanto Avenue, Descanso Avenue, Admiralty Way, Daisy Avenue, Elder Avenue and Elkwood Avenue.

The newer induction light fixtures that also last longer and require less maintenance are expected to save the city 142,138 kilowatt-hours or $17.000 in energy costs a year and reduce its carbon footprint by 49 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Officials of the San Diego County city said their goal is to attain maximum street lighting efficiency.

Imperial Beach's green street lighting project, completed earlier this year was funded by a $145,393 Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The federal grant, administered by the California Energy Commission, is intended for small cities and counties in pursuit of energy efficiency goals.

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Federal stimulus funds to small cities and counties awarded under the ARRA's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and administered by the Energy Commission are providing more than $33 million to 201 to eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties are receiving funding directly from the US DOE. For more information about ARRA funded programs, click on:

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.