Parlier brings energy efficiency to the streets

The City of Parlier has given its residents brighter streets and intersections.

A total of 158 brand new street lights have been installed, casting a brighter glow on City streets than the old high-pressure sodium bulbs they replaced. The new lights are also significantly more energy efficient, saving the City much needed cash on its utility bills.

“These days the City needs all the help it can get to meet its budget requirements,” says Jim Doughty, Parlier, Grants Programs and Projects Director: “We have tightened our belt, and adding changes like these helps. The other good thing about this is we are conserving more than half the energy we were using before, and that is a good feeling.”

What this means to the average taxpayer is significant savings to City coffers through lower utility bills. The energy efficiency retrofits when complete will save the City about 86,268 kilowatt hours of energy per year. This roughly equates to a savings of about $10,350 a year.

And that’s a big deal in these troubled economic times.

Another big deal is that the entire project isn’t costing the City a dime. The money that makes the project possible comes from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program is administered through the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.

Parlier joined with 35 other cities and counties in the region to form the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Partnership, which is led by the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District with the assistance of the nonprofit San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization. The Partnership administers the more than $4 million in grants and provides technical assistance to local governments.