American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funded City Lights Program Exceeds Goal in San Antonio

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San Antonio's small business energy efficiency program, City Lights, has exceeded customer enrollment, fossil fuel reduction and several additional program goals.

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The City of San Antonio and EnerPath announced that the City Lights program, funded through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG), made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy, has exceeded its goal of enrolling 750 businesses in San Antonio to receive energy-efficient lighting upgrades. For the past year, the City Lights program has educated businesses in San Antonio on making energy efficient upgrades to their spaces through free energy assessments and has provided significant discounts for customers who chose to have their lighting upgraded to energy-efficient models.

The program succeeded in its additional goals to “reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce the total energy use of the eligible entities, improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other appropriate sectors and create and retain jobs” by saving participants more than 4.98 million kilowatt-hours annually.

The City Lights program was a unique program with funding from EECBG, the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy. The City of San Antonio selected EnerPath, a national leader in residential and commercial energy efficiency programs, to administer the program which included conducting energy audits and energy efficiency upgrades.

“We are very pleased with the performance of the City Lights program and hope it will serve as a national showcase on how the nation can continue to decrease our energy usage through easy energy efficiency. We are proud that 848 of San Antonio’s businesses have been made energy-efficient through the City Lights program and that we achieved our goal under budget,” said Liza Meyer, special projects manager for the City of San Antonio’s Office of Environmental Policy.

The City Lights program used federal funding to create a unique revolving loan structure which allowed program participants to take zero-interest loans with no origination fees. Participants also were able to take advantage of significant discounts from CPS Energy, the local municipal utility, and additional discounts available through the City of San Antonio.

“The City Lights program shows the powerful results of bringing together multiple stakeholders in one common goal of reducing energy usage in a community. Not only did the program reduce energy for the 848 participants, it also employed two local energy auditors and engaged 12 local contractors, returning program funding to the San Antonio community and creating green jobs,” said Stephen Guthrie, EnerPath CEO.

Energy upgrades for enrolled businesses will continue through October of this year.

About EnerPath: EnerPath delivers large-scale energy efficiency programs for utilities and communities nationwide with predictable, reliable results and the highest customer satisfaction. Our best in class award-winning program management software seamlessly integrates performance management systems, real-time dashboards and wireless field-auditing and reporting tools. The use of real-time data and program monitoring systems allows EnerPath to continuously deliver outstanding results. Each year, EnerPath makes tens-of-thousands of homes and small businesses more energy efficient.

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