For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012
Media Contact: Percy D. Della - 916-654-4989


Galt's new LEDs improve lighting as well as safety

To make thoroughfares safer for drivers and pedestrians at night, the City of Galt has done a wide-scale replacement of high-vapor sodium street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures.

Taking advantage of federal stimulus funds, the city in southern Sacramento County has retrofitted 184 traditional high-pressure sodium vapor lamps with energy-efficient LEDs that provide a much larger field of light.

Neighborhoods now aglow in LEDs with their brighter shade of white are those along Industrial Drive, Lincoln Way, Victorian Park Drive, Ranch Road, F Street, New Hope Road, West A Street, Sparrow Drive and Emerald Oak Drive.

With the lighting upgrade, the city expects to save 101,266 kilowatt-hours or $12,152 a year in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32 tons annually.

Galt's s phase two plans aim to retrofit the rest of the 376 high - sodium vapor lamps it owns with longer lasting LEDs.

Bulk of funding for the project, completed earlier this year was courtesy of an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) of $133,547 from the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The city, utilizing a community development block grant and rebates of $6,600 from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District absorbed the remainder of the total project cost of $183,690.

Administered by the California Energy Commission, block grants from the US DOE are meant to assist small cities and counties attain their energy efficiency goals.

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Federal stimulus funds to small cities and counties awarded under the ARRA's Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) and administered by the Energy Commission are providing more than $33 million to 201 to eligible localities throughout California. Large cities and counties are receiving funding directly from the US DOE. For more information about ARRA funded programs, click on:

The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.