The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved nearly $2 million in low interest loans for streetlighting improvements in four California cities. The CEC loans are funded by bonds and stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The fund, Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA), was created to provide low-interest loans to local governments and other organizations for energy efficiency and energy-producing projects. The four cities receiving CEC loans are Ceres, Burlingame, Kerman and Salinas.
“The city of Kerman plans to use the CEC loan to replace all city-owned streetlights with LED fixtures. We will be piggy-backing with other communities in our area to maximize the city’s purchasing power for the new fixtures,” said Ken Moore, public works director for the city of Kerman. The city of Kerman received a low-interest loan of $202,000 which will be used to replace about 718 existing streetlights. According to Moore, the city will utilize the PG&E turnkey program for the purchase and installation of LED fixtures.
The city of Ceres, which received the largest loan, totaling $1,193,500, will convert more than 2,200 high pressure sodium (HPS) and mercury vapor streetlights. The city anticipates saving over $100,000 in annual energy costs.
The city of Burlingame, which received a loan of $458,633, plans to replace 767 of its existing HPS streetlights with LED streetlight fixtures. Annual energy savings have been calculated to be about $57,000.
The city of Salinas plans to use its $128,534 CEC loan to replace existing HPS and metal halide lights at city garages. Salinas previously installed approximately 400 LED streetlight fixtures on the city’s roadways. The LED streetlight project was funded by a $400,000 grant from the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program.
The current CEC funded projects are targeted for completion by Spring 2012.