Parking Lot Lighting Upgrade Helps Reduce Energy Costs for California Community College

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Opportunity

In the fall of 2014, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District recognized an opportunity to reduce energy consumption by upgrading its facilities with more energy efficient lighting. Eligible to receive funding from Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, the district decided to upgrade the parking lot lighting of its two colleges: Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore.

Solution

Graybar Sales Representative Eric Czachorski teamed up with Eaton’s Cooper Lighting business to provide a tailored solution to meet the particular needs of the two campuses. The proposed solution included replacing all the parking lot lighting for both schools with Cooper’s McGraw-Edison Galleon and Navion LED fixtures.

To determine the correct types of light distribution, photometric analyses were conducted for both campuses. In certain parking lots, the numbers of lights on the pole were reduced from two to one.

Graybar assisted with everything from providing the lights to helping with the photometrics analyses and with the ultimate solution. Since school was in session, Graybar helped store some of the project material at the Hayward Service Center. When it was time to install, Graybar delivered the material directly to the jobsite.

Results

The project was completed in two weeks and the school district is pleased with the results. The district expects to reduce energy consumption in its parking lots by more than 50 percent. Additional operating and environmental benefits are expected to include reduced carbon footprint, less light pollution and increased light quality and security. The school district is currently working on plans to complete the remaining outdoor lighting projects, which includes outdoor wallpacks and walkway lighting.

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39) changed the state corporate income tax code and allocates projected revenue to California’s General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013-2014. Under the initiative, roughly up to $550 million annually is available for appropriation by the Legislature for eligible projects to improve energy efficiency and expand clean energy generation in schools.

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