Cuesta expects to save with new lights

acornejo@thetribunenews.comApril 23, 2014 

A Thoma Electric electrician retrofits a light fixture for LED lighting at Cuesta College.

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Cuesta College is retrofitting 90 percent of the exterior pole light fixtures at its San Luis Obispo campus to LED lighting. The change is expected to save $22,000 a year.

The project cost is $341,000, which will be funded by Proposition 39 — California Clean Energy Jobs Act. The college estimates it will save more than $440,000 during the lifespan of the new fixtures.

“Not only are these lights more energy efficient, they will also produce less light pollution, giving the campus a more pleasing white glow,” said Terry Reece, director of facility services, planning and capital projects. In September, Cuesta College applied for Proposition 39 funding and received $312,000, along with an energy incentive of $30,000 from PG&E. All of the funding is being used for the LED retrofitting project. Thoma Electric of San Luis Obispo was hired to do the work, which is expected to be complete by May 15.

The North County campus is expected to be retrofitted with future proposition funding.

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