New Cuesta bulbs are energy efficient

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.

The work, which is being done at night, is expected to be complete by Dec. 31.