SLO County to install retrofits for energy and financial savings

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has approved an energy efficiency retrofit program for county facilities that will save more than $334,000 a year and reduce environmental impacts.

The county will work with PG&E to create two energy efficiency projects to implement eight energy conservation measures in several county-owned facilities.

"Our goal is to reduce energy consumption at county facilities by 20 percent from 2006 levels by 2020 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from county operations and communitywide sources by 15 percent by 2020," said Interim General Services Director Marvin Rose.

The program is expected to help offset the county’s carbon footprint by 686.8 metric tons per year, which is equivalent to removing 151 cars from the road or planting 31,545 trees annually. It is the largest energy retrofit in the county’s history and will cost $4.5 million to complete.

“This effort will help the county save money, use less electricity and decrease greenhouse gas emissions,” said Pat Mullen, PG&E division director. “Those are real benefits for all of us who live here, made possible by the county’s leadership in finding new ways to become more energy-efficient."