Big Bear Lake Lighting Retrofit Completed

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 5:45 pm | Updated: 3:20 pm, Mon May 12, 2014.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The city of Big Bear Lake, Calif., is enjoying new streetlights and saving money thanks to federal funds administered by the California Energy Commission.

Big Bear Lake, in San Bernardino County, recently completed a city-wide lighting retrofit project which replaced 150 of its old streetlights with new light-emitting diode technology. LEDs use less energy and last longer than conventional lighting. Increased lighting throughout the city will increase road safety, while saving the city money.

Completed in March, the lighting retrofit project is expected to save the city 64,386 kWh or the equivalent of $7,726 in annual energy costs. Greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be reduced by 22 tons per year.

The project was funded by a $66,555 grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Administered by the California Energy Commission, these federal grants contribute to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties. They provide more than $32 million to more than 270 eligible communities throughout California. Large cities and counties receive funding directly from the DOE.

SOURCE: California Energy Commission

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