For Immediate Release: September 21, 2012
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Willows Energy Efficient Lights Has City Seeing Green

In an effort to reduce energy consumption and save money, the small city of Willows (Glenn County) has installed energy efficient lights at the Willow Mall parking area.

The lighting upgrade, paid for by a $32,000 federal grant, replaced 30 high pressure sodium parking lights with induction lights which use less energy and require less maintenance. Six walkway lights that guide patrons through the mall were also switched to the newer technology.

The project was completed in June and city officials say that the new lighting will provide increased safety and visibility for those using the parking area.

With these simple upgrades the city is expected to save 39,289 kilowatt hours or $4,715 in energy costs and reduce its CO2 emissions by 14 tons each year.

The city of Willows received the grant from the Energy Efficient Conservation Block program under the American Recovery and Reinvest Act (ARRA). Administered by the California Energy Commission, the federal block grant is contributing to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.

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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.

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