City of Solana Beach Teams with Chevron Energy Solutions to Cut Utility Costs
SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013
SOLANA BEACH, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Solana Beach
and Chevron Energy Solutions have joined to implement a ground-breaking energy
program expected to improve the city's streetscape, boost efficiency in city
facilities, and save the city more than $40,000 in its first year alone, all
with minimal impact to the city's general fund. The $1.4 million project is
expected to trim the city's annual energy consumption by more than 350,000
kilowatt-hours by upgrading more than 500 streetlights to highly efficient LED
technology; adding a new "cool roof" and more efficient heating, ventilation
and air conditioning (HVAC) 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 pilot LED street
lights, and is now the county's first city to complete a retrofit of all
city-owned street lights to LED.
"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
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 quality. Through this project,
the city expects to cut its electrical utility 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 alone. To replace the City Hall
roof, which was past its current useful life, the city used total expected
savings from the upgrades, a fiscally responsible approach.
Chevron Energy Solutions designed, engineered and installed the energy
efficiency upgrades and new roof, which are expected to reduce the city's
operation and maintenance costs. "We are proud to join forces with the
forward-thinking leaders of the City of Solana Beach, who share in the vision
of sustainability and energy conservation," said Jim Davis, President of
Chevron Energy Solutions. "Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for
environmentally sustainable operations for the City of Solana Beach – one that
provides a real, working example for cities throughout the San Diego region."
About Chevron Energy Solutions
Chevron Energy Solutions works with US public sector clients to develop
projects that improve energy efficiency and provide renewable power for
education, government and business facilities. Chevron Energy Solutions
develops and builds sustainable energy projects that increase energy
efficiency and renewable power, reduce energy costs, and ensure reliable,
high-quality energy for government, education and business facilities. Its
parent, Chevron Corporation, is investing across the energy spectrum to
develop energy sources for future generations by expanding the capabilities of
alternative and renewable energy technologies.
About City of Solana Beach
The charming, seaside community of Solana Beach is nestled along the northern
coast of San Diego County, and is approximately a 30-minute drive from
downtown San Diego. Its main access routes include Interstate 5, Highway 101,
Lomas Santa Fe Drive, and Via de la Valle. The city is home to a vibrant train
station that serves both Amtrak and the Coaster, one of only three in San
Diego County. Solana Beach is a favorite destination for those looking to
enjoy the beach, eclectic shops, great dining, golfing, nightlife, and nearby
hiking. The City has 1.7 miles of coastline for swimming, surfing, and most
days you will see locals drop by to watch the sunset at the award-winning
Fletcher Cove Park.
Danny King, City of Solana Beach, 858-720-2477
Brent Andrew, Chevron Energy Solutions, 415.733.4697
SOURCE Chevron Energy Solutions
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