The City forces and its contractor completed the replacement project in summer of 2016.
There were three key projects:
- The first was the standard replacement of city owned lights with newer LED fixtures. The project replaced approximately 1030 lights.
- The second project was the replacement of fixtures in several city parking lots with LED technology. This replaced 79 lights.
- The third project involved the replacement of 146 lantern style fixtures.
The bundled projects are providing a variety of benefits to the City.
- Annual energy cost savings of approximately $50K.
- Annual energy savings of 343,477 kWh/year
- Annual carbon offset of approximately 179,000 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Replacement and/or upgrade of important systems that have reached the end of their useful economic life.
The City’s longstanding strategic objective included the efficient use of energy resources. In 2007, the California Energy Commission (CEC) established the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) to assist eligible entities in creating and implementing strategies to:
- Reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and, to the maximum extent practicable, maximizes benefits for local and regional communities;
- Reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities; and 3. Improve energy efficiency in the building sector, transportation sector, and other appropriate sectors.
In February 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 which appropriated funding for the EECBG program. Grants for cities with a population under 35,000 were passed through the California Energy Commission and the City of Belmont became eligible for $134,182 in grant funds. In November 2009, Council authorized the City Manager to file a grant application with the California Energy Commission for EECBG funds totaling $134,182. The City was successful in securing the grant funds for the replacement of existing street lights with energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. In February 2012, the City completed the replacement of 240 lights through the program and received a number of compliments on the new lights from Belmont residents. While the EECBG grant funding has been quite effective in supplementing the funding for replacement streetlights, it has not been enough to replace all 1,447 streetlights throughout the City. Staff has been working closely with PG&E regarding their rebate program on their Streetlight Turnkey Replacement Service Program.
For some time now, the City has had a Council Priority implementing Sustainability Objectives. For instance, the Climate Action Plan, which is underway, will require resources to implement programs and monitor progress, as well as likely require further refinement in line with the City’s Green Advisory Committee recommendations. Additionally, on August 14, 2012, City Council approved a Resolution engaging Carbon Lighthouse to perform an energy assessment to determine the cause of high energy usage at the Belmont Library, and to generate solutions for the City to implement.
Shortly after Carbon Lighthouse issued the report of their findings, staff began discussions with County Energy Watch on energy saving measures throughout the City. San Mateo County Energy Watch is a Local Government Partnership between the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) and PG&E. Carbon Lighthouse reports to Energy Watch, and Energy Watch, in turn, recommended that the City invite PG&E into the discussions on energy savings measures. After much dialogue with staff, PG&E offered to combine all of the City’s initial identified Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs), including streetlight LED conversions, parking lot LED conversions, ornamental LED conversions, air conditioning upgrades at City Hall, and Library HVAC control improvements, into a single project strategy through PG&E’s Sustainable Solutions Turnkey program (SST).
Additional Project information can be found at the following links.