For Immediate Release: August 9, 2012
Media Contact: Ma Eliza Caliolio - 916-654-4989


Sebastopol Shines Light on Energy Efficiency

The small resort town of Sebastopol (Sonoma County) best known for its art, food, and wine can now add energy efficiency to its acclaim.

Thanks to federal stimulus funds, Sebastopol City Plaza is glowing with new, energy efficient lights. 20 streetlights within the city plaza were switched to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LED lights use less energy and are longer lasting.

By switching to energy-efficient lighting, Sebastopol will save 475 kilowatt hours or $1,234 in annual energy costs and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 0.186 tons every year.

The project, completed in May, was funded by a $35,701 grant administered by the California Energy Commission from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Program (EECBG) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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