The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved more than $3.4 million in loans for municipal upgrades to energy efficient LED streetlighting in the cites of San Marcos and Morgan Hill and the county of San Diego. The CEC provides low interest loans to municipalities through the Commission’s Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA). Between 2000 and 2013, the CEC has loaned more than $245 million for energy efficient streetlight (including LED streetlights) programs. The conversion to LED streetlights, and other energy efficient streetlights, has resulted in savings of more than $30 million for California cities.
The city of San Marcos will use its loan of $1.1 million to replace approximately 2,000 high pressure sodium (HPS) and mercury vapor streetlights, the city of Morgan Hill plans to use $750,000 to replace 2,097 HPS streetlights, and the county of San Diego will use $1.56 million to replace 2,200 HPS and mercury vapor streetlights.
Once the installations are complete, the city of San Marcos can expect annual utility cost saving of $100,000, the city of Morgan Hill $116,672, and the county of San Diego $180,000.