For Immediate Release: February 13, 2013
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Energy Commission Awards $4.8 Million in Energy Loans to Cities, Colleges Energy Efficient Upgrades Include Lighting, HVAC, and Solar PV Systems


SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today awarded nearly $5 million to improve the energy efficiency of three California cities and a college. The funds come from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistant Act (ECAA) program.

"Investing in local energy generation and energy efficiency equipment is a simple, effective way to reduce energy use and money. Once completed, these projects will save local cities and colleges more than $400,000 in annual energy costs," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller.

The four projects include retrofitting of lights, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units and the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Combined the projects are expected to save 2.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) or $422,456 in energy costs annually.

The projects include:

  • The city of Patterson (Stanislaus County) was awarded $2.8 million to install energy efficient building lighting, streetlights and solar PV systems at city-owned facilities. Solar panels will be installed at the city's wastewater treatment plant, maintenance yard, senior center, and aquatic center. The project will save an estimated 2.1 million kWh of electricity and $221,244 in energy expenses, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 567 tons annually. The simple payback is 13 years based on the loan amount.
  • The city of San Pablo (Contra Costa County) received $1.14 million to install three solar PV systems totaling 280 kilowatts at the city hall, police station and senior center. The systems are composed of 16 separate rooftop and carport PV systems. The city expects to receive $285,016 in California Solar Initiative performance rebates from Pacific Gas and Electric to help fund the installation of the solar panels. The project is estimated to generate 444,206 kWh, save the city $87,826 in energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 306,502 pounds annually. The project has a simple payback of 13 years based on the loan amount.
  • California City (Kern County) received $161,890 to install new energy efficient HVAC systems and new energy efficient lights at the city hall, police station, fire station, city yard, airport, and animal control building. The city expects to receive approximately $6,640 in utility incentives from Southern California Edison. The projects are estimated to save the city 99,954 kWh of electricity, $16,189 in energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 68,970 pounds annually. The simple payback is 10 years based on the loan amount.
  • Santa Barbara Community College District was awarded $750,000 to fund energy efficiency upgrades at Santa Barbara City College. The college will upgrade exterior lights, streetlights, parking lot lights and pathway lights to light emitting diode (LED) technology and the latest generation linear and compact fluorescent lights. The district expects to receive approximately $166,623 in incentives from Southern California Edison. The projects are estimated to save the district 694,261 kWh of electricity and $97,197 in energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 240 tons annually. The simple payback is 7.7 years based on the loan amount.

The combined $4,851,890 in energy loans for these projects are granted at a 1 percent interest rate for local governments, public K-12 schools, special districts, and public and non-profit hospitals and care facilities.

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: http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/.



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