SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The small city of Patterson, Calif., in Stanislaus County is saving money through energy upgrades made possible by federal stimulus funds.
More than 140 old-fashioned high-pressure sodium streetlights were replaced with new, induction lights and 140 incandescent traffic signals switched to Light-Emitting Diode technology. The new lights will consume less energy and require less maintenance. The lights will also provide increased visibility and safety for motorists and pedestrians.
Well pump motors at the city's ground water facilities were also replaced with three new, energy efficient motors.
The project, completed in March, will save the city 108,700 kWh or $14,000 in annual energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37 tons every year.
The project was funded by an $111,563 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Program. The EECBG program, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is administered by the California Energy Commission to help small cities and counties throughout the state attain their energy-efficiency goals.
SOURCE: California Energy Commission