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Energy

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The City recognizes the importance of transitioning to a renewable energy future and the enormous energy and costs savings potential in energy-efficient buildings and facilities. The City is leading the way by implementing energy-efficiency improvements in City buildings and securing renewable energy sources.

Highlights

  • The City has completed energy audits on City buildings leading to more than 800,000 kilowatt-hours of energy savings. These efforts include:
    • New, efficient boilers that use 30% less fuel
    • Retrofitted temperature controls and automated buildings systems that increase comfort levels while reducing energy and water use
    • Updated air conditioning compressors that require 50% less energy
    • Lighting upgrades and occupancy sensors

  • In 2005, the City began replacing 400-watt streetlamps with 250-watt lamps, saving an estimated $53,000 per year. The City has also replaced traffic signal light bulbs with energy saving LED lights.

  • In 2009, the City achieved LEED Certification from the United States Green Building Council for the construction of the 11th Avenue Head Start.

  • In 2014, the City purchased 274 kilowatts of solar energy through a community-owned solar garden.