The city of Chowchilla said it installed 159 new light-emitting diode, or LED, street lights, replacing old high-pressure sodium bulbs.
The new lights are also substantially more energy-efficient, saving the city money on its utility bills, according to a news release.
The money for the project came from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program is administered through the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.
“This grant offered us the opportunity to provide better lighting for our residents and save money at the same time, all at no cost to the city,” City Administrator Mark Lewis said in the release.
The energy-efficiency retrofits when complete will save the city about 108,258 kilowatt hours of energy a year, roughly equivalent to saving about $8,171 a year.
Chowchilla joined 35 other cities and counties in the region to form the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Partnership, which is led by the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District with the help of the nonprofit San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization. The partnership administers more than $4 million in grants and provides technical assistance to local governments.
The city worked with Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which installed the lights through its LED street light retrofit program.
For more information, contact Public Works Director/City Engineer Andrew Benelli, (559) 665-8615, ext. 300.