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Solana Beach, Chevron team up on energy savings

The city of Solana Beach and Chevron Energy Solutions have teamed up on a program to save the city more than $40,000 in energy costs in its first year alone.

Under the $1.4 million plan, more than 350,000 kilowatt-hours is projected to be saved by upgrading more than 500 streetlights to LED technology; adding a new "cool roof" and more efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning to City Hall; and installing new efficient lighting fixtures at City Hall, the fire station and Marine Safety buildings.

Solana Beach was one of first cities in San Diego County to install LED street lights, and is now the county's first city to complete a retrofit of all city-owned street lights to LED.

Through this project, the city expects to cut its electrical usage for three buildings and city-owned streetlights by 41 percent in its first year, with the majority of savings from the LED streetlight retrofit.

"We appreciate the opportunity to make these much-needed streetlight and building improvements with minimal impact to the general fund," said Lesa Heebner, city of Solana Beach councilmember and member of the Council Ad-Hoc Committee for Environmental Sustainability. "We are grateful to all the teams involved, including Chevron Energy Solutions, for their assistance in securing project financing and incentive programs that will help Solana Beach save money through energy efficiency."

These improvements are expected to reduce the city's annual energy consumption, improve lighting quality and aesthetics, reduce maintenance costs, and provide consistent indoor climate control.

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