City Lights Energy Efficiency Program in San Antonio, Texas Announces Changes

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Energy efficiency program in will now take advantage of large commercial rebates from CPS Energy and 0% interest loans provided by the City of San Antonio.

Kelly Kremer and Kellie Taylor in the brightly lit KBK to the Trade showroom

“This program was too good to be true. You would be crazy not to do it,” said Bobby Kremer, co-owner of KBK to the Trade, a local small business who took advantage of the loan program and had the lighting in his showroom and offices upgraded.

The City of San Antonio and CPS Energy announced June 2 that the City Lights Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency Program will undergo changes to enhance the discounts available to small and large commercial customers. These changes are expected to roll-out July 1, 2011 and should provide both small and large commercial customers the opportunity to access 0% interest loans with no loan servicing fees. Businesses who want to take advantage of the current $1,000 discount on installed, energy efficient lights must have their free energy audit and enrollment completed no later than July 1, 2011.

Currently, the City Lights program offers customers CPS Energy’s small commercial lighting rebates and the option for a $1,000 of free, installed energy efficient lighting OR a 0% interest loan where the City of San Antonio, through the City Lights program, covers the loan servicing fees. Starting in July, commercial businesses whose buildings do not exceed 30,000 square feet will be eligible for the CPS Energy large commercial rebates. The City of San Antonio will also contribute an additional 30% of the cost of the upgrades or $1,000, whichever is lesser. Under this new structure, small commercial customers will still have nominal out of pocket costs for their lighting upgrades. Customers do not need to apply for rebates; the implementation contractor, EnerPath, will automatically discount their final project cost. Businesses will be eligible for 0% interest loans with loan servicing fees covered by the City. The value of the City’s loan servicing fees is over $1,100. Energy audits will continue to be offered free of charge.

“We think this program change will allow more of our customers to take advantage of our 0% interest loan while maintaining significant discounts on installed, energy efficient lighting,” said Liza Meyer, the City of San Antonio program manager. “We encourage businesses who are interested in taking advantage of the $1,000 instant discount to sign-up for the program right away,” she continued.

The City of San Antonio, CPS Energy and EnerPath partnered last July 2010 to bring the City Lights program to San Antonio’s business owners within the CPS Energy territory. Program benefits are lowered electric bills, improved energy efficiency, better quality of lighting and increased lighting equipment longevity. The program is funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy.

To date, the City Lights program has conducted over 1,200 energy audits and completed nearly 500 lighting upgrades with hundreds more businesses signing up for the program and in the process of installation. The Program is also on track to meet the DOE’s accelerated goals by the end of the month.

“This program was too good to be true. You would be crazy not to do it,” said Bobby Kremer, co-owner of KBK to the Trade, a local small business who took advantage of the loan program and had the lighting in his showroom and offices upgraded.

For more information about the City Lights program or to sign up your small business, log on to the San Antonio City Lights Web site at http://www.sanantonio.gov/oep/citylights.asp.

About EnerPath: EnerPath deploys best in class, large-scale energy efficiency programs nationwide using its award-winning energy efficiency assessment and management software. Working with utility companies, municipal governments and green-tech partners, EnerPath executes customized programs that make tens of thousands of homes and small businesses more energy efficient each year.

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