For Immediate Release: April 10, 2013
Media Contact: Kelly M. Kell - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Energy Commission Awards $4.4 Million in Energy Loans
to Cities and Schools


SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today awarded more than $4 million to several projects that will improve the energy efficiency of cities and school districts in California. The funds come from the Commission's Energy Conservation Assistant Act (ECAA) program.

"Investing in energy efficiency technology and equipment is a simple, effective way to reduce energy use and save money," said Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister. "Once completed, these four projects will save local cities and schools more than $400,000 in annual energy costs."

The funded projects include retrofitting of lights and light control systems, as well as the installation of energy saving heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Combined, the projects are expected to save $460,265 in energy costs annually.

The projects are:

  • The city of Visalia (Tulare County) was awarded $500,000 to install interior and exterior energy efficient lights and lighting controls at multiple city facilities including the airport, city hall, and police and fire stations. The project also includes HVAC technologies designed to decrease energy consumption, such as programmable thermostats. The city expects to receive approximately $29,000 in utility rebates/incentives from San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Gas Co. The project will save approximately $78,837 in energy costs annually. The simple payback period - the time in which the savings will cover the initial project cost - is approximately 6.3 years based on the loan amount.

  • Loma Prieta Joint Union School District in Los Gatos (Santa Clara County) received $85,000 to retrofit more than 130 interior and exterior lights to energy saving light-emitting diode (LED) lights. LEDs use less energy and last longer than conventional lighting. The lights will be installed at various school sites throughout the district, including parking lots and gymnasiums. The school district expects to receive approximately $4,800 in utility rebates/incentives from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The project will save the district approximately $6,839 in energy costs annually. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback is approximately 12.4 years.

  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in Fairfield (Solano County) was awarded $1,146,184 to switch out 2,300 lights in nine school sites to energy efficient T8 lamps. Building control systems will also be installed within portable classrooms to ensure that HVAC and lighting equipment are turned off when the buildings are unoccupied. The project will save approximately $88,168 annually. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback is approximately 13 years.

  • The city of Pleasanton (Alameda County) received $2,755,000 to retrofit more than 7,500 street, park, and pathway lights at various city-owned facilities with energy efficient LED lights. The project will save approximately $286,421 in energy costs annually. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback is approximately 9.6 years.

The combined $4,486,184 in energy loans for these projects are granted at a one 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 had 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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