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California Rehabilitation Center to Undergo Energy Efficient Retrofit

Energy Efficient Lights Will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Costs at Prison, Four More Prisons to be Retrofit in 2010

NORCO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced today an ambitious retrofit plan to increase energy efficiency by retrofitting light fixtures at the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) in Norco. The retrofit is scheduled to be completed by July 2010.

The CRC project shows CDCR’s commitment to reducing energy consumption as well as meeting the goals of AB-32, and Governor Schwarzenegger’s Governor’s Green Building Initiative (Executive Order S-20-04) directing state agencies to reduce energy use in state buildings 20 percent by 2015.

“I am pleased to add the CRC to our list of prisons that will be saving energy through retrofit projects,” said Matthew Cate, CDCR’s Secretary. “Lighting retrofits save both money and electricity, all while creating a safer work environment for our employees.”

Through a loan offered by the California Energy Commission for health care facilities, CDCR has secured $650,000.00 to retrofit lighting in the entire facility including, but not limited to, the conversion of T12 fluorescent lamps to T8 energy saving lamps with electronic ballasts, replacement of incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents and the replacement of HID light fixtures with induction fixtures. The loan is expected to be paid back in full in 5 years, with cost savings and rebates paying for the entire project.

In 2008, CDCR completed 16 energy efficiency projects statewide which now save approximately 28 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 450,000 therms of natural gas and 26.5 million pounds of carbon-dioxide gases – the equivalent of taking about 4,000 vehicles off the road annually. In 2009, several smaller projects were completed at CDCR facilities. In all, the 2009 energy efficiency projects resulted in approximately $1.1 million annual cost avoidance bringing the total annual cost avoidance achieved, so far, under the CDCR / Investor Owned Utility Partnership Program to $4.3 million.

The estimated utility costs rebated for the CRC project will be approximately $307,000 given the expected energy cost savings of about $115,000.00 annually. The retrofit project consists of replacing nearly 6,300 lamps in the prison. Many of these lights are used both day and night, so the energy savings is optimal with the retrofit.

In addition to the project at CRC, CDCR has 4 additional facilities identified for potential energy efficiency projects. CSP Corcoran, California Correctional Institution, Salinas Valley State Prison and California Training Facility have all secured funding through the Department of General Services’ Energy Efficient State Property Revolving Loan Fund, the source of which is seeded in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) fund program. These projects are expected to be completed in July 2010.

CDCR’s Energy Management and Sustainability Section will monitor the progress of the CRC lighting retrofit project and continue work toward expanding CDCR’s energy efficiency program.

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