For Immediate Release: January 18, 2013
Media Contact: Ma Eliza Caliolio - 916-654-4989


Saratoga Upgrades Streetlights in Historic Downtown Village District

The city of Saratoga updated its downtown streetlight fixtures to energy efficient technology, thanks to stimulus grants.

Saratoga, located in Santa Clara County, recently improved its energy efficiency and reduced its carbon footprint by replacing 95 high-sodium streetlamps with energy efficient light-emitting diodes (LED) fixtures in the historic downtown district, known as the Village. Big Basin Way, the main street that runs through historic downtown was among the many streets that were upgraded with LED fixtures.

The project is estimated to save the city 39,934 kilowatts or approximately $4,700 annually, and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 13.8 tons annually.

Completed last August, the City of Saratoga's lighting retrofit was funded by a $165,862 grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

Administered by the California Energy Commission, these federal grants contribute to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties. They are providing more than $32 million to more than 270 eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties receive funding directly from the DOE through the EECBG Program.

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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.