Cuesta College is in the final phase of installing energy-efficient lights replacing fluorescent light fixtures on the San Luis Obispo campus.
The $425,000 project is anticipated to save more than $1 million through 2027. Thoma Electric of San Luis Obispo was contracted to do the work.
Cuesta trustees approved spending $40,000 on the project in November. The remaining cost of the project is being funded by more than $100,000 in PG&E rebates and a $250,000 in zero-interest financing from PG&E that will be repaid with energy conservation savings.
The college’s electric bill won’t go down while the project is being repaid, but after three years it will decrease $90,000 annually over the remainder of the light fixtures’ 15-year life span, according to Toni Sommer, assistant superintendent and vice president of administrative services.
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The work, which is being done at night, is expected to be complete by Dec. 31.