- Created on Sunday, 28 October 2012 10:15
- Written by Green Liver
Morro Bay, California - The City of Morro Bay, a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County is doing its part to save energy and reduce its carbon footprint by installing new energy efficient lights.
Approximately 1,000 interior fluorescent lamps and 100 exterior wall pack, parking lot, and walkway lamps were retrofitted in city-owned buildings such as the Veterans Memorial Building, City Hall and the Police Department.
The old, exterior lighting fixtures, mostly high pressure sodium bulbs varying from 70 watts to 300 watts were replaced with high efficiency Light Emitting-Diode (LEDs) fixtures. These new lighting fixtures require less maintenance and consume less energy.
The Community Center and multiple park buildings were also upgraded to better fluorescent lamps and LED lighting fixtures.
The lighting upgrade is expected to save Morro Bay an estimated 64,000 kilowatt hours or $8,000 in energy costs and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 23 tons.
The project, completed in June, was funded by a $55,314 Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant of the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Administered by the California Energy Commission, the federal grants are contributing to the energy efficiency goals of small cities and counties.