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NECA contractor Southern Contracting Co. kicks off retrofit of 80% of S.D. city street lights

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Photo of NECA Board President Tim McBride with Southern Contracting Inc. crew and Mayor Jerry Sanders.

NECA Board President and President of Southern Contracting Co., Tim McBride, recently was recognized by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders at a citywide press conference as installation begins on the new lighting upgrade project that will retrofit 80 percent of the city’s street lights to energy-efficient fixtures.

The city will save $2.2 million annually from reduced energy and maintenance costs.

The $16 million retrofit is funded by a financing package that includes a $13 million bond, $2 million in federal grant stimulus funding, and a $3 million low- interest state loan. In addition, San Diego Gas & Electric will provide a one-time $1.2 million rebate for the lighting change.

More than 35,000 induction technology street light fixtures, using broadband light technology, will replace the old sodium vapor lamps. The new light fixtures will be brighter and make colors easier to see at night because they produce a broader light spectrum than sodium vapors.

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