Paso accepts grant to get enlightened

Paso Robles recently accepted a grant to improve the energy efficiency of its City Hall/library at 1000 Spring St.

The $156,082 California Energy Commission grant — under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — is slated to save the North County city $30,000 a year on its energy bill, officials said.

The money will be used for lighting projects in the city building, such as replacing light bulbs with energy-efficient ones.

The lighting projects will likely begin in 12 to 18 months, city officials said.

Paso Robles must first spend the money, which the City Council agreed upon earlier this month, and then can be reimbursed up to 120 days later by the state commission.

The projects include:

Reach Tonya Strickland at 781-7858.