For Immediate Release: January 9, 2013
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989


Yuba Community College District Awarded $900,000 Loan to
Improve Lighting Efficiency

Yuba, Woodland, and Clearlake Community Colleges to Receive LED Technology

SACRAMENTO — The California Energy Commission awarded a $900,000 loan to the Yuba Community College District today to install energy efficient lighting at three community colleges.

"This simple lighting retrofit will yield immediate energy savings for Yuba Community College District, and make the campuses more conducive for learning and safer for faculty, students, and visitors through increased illumination," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller.

Exterior lights, including pathway, flood and canopy lights, as well as parking lot lights, will be switched to light-emitting diodes (LED) at the Yuba, Woodland, and Clearlake college campuses. LEDs consume less energy, require less maintenance, and glow brighter than older lighting technologies.

In addition, approximately 2,500 interior fluorescent lamps will be replaced with new, lower wattage fluorescent lamps at Woodland Community College.

Combined, the retrofits will reduce electricity use by 64 percent over previously installed lighting, and are expected to save the district 550,574 kilowatt hours or $72,043 in energy costs annually.

The total project cost is $1,062,571 of which $900,000 will be funded with the Energy Commission loan. The project also qualifies for PG&E rebates of $130,706. The remaining balance of approximately $32,000 will be funded directly by the district.

Funds for the Energy Commission's loan come from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) program which grants energy loans at a 1 percent interest rate for local governments, public K-12 schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies. Through energy savings, the Yuba Community College District will achieve payback of the loan in 12.5 years.

As of December 2012, the Energy Commission has awarded more than 770 loans totaling nearly $280 million to local governments, public K-12 schools and hospitals, public care institutions and other agencies. For more information on the ECAA loan program, visit:

# # #

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.

Sign up for California Energy Commission news releases at