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Sept. 29, 2009
Contact: Jeff Hood, communications specialist, (209) 333-6801

Lodi awarded $586,200 for energy efficiency projects

The City of Lodi learned Monday it will receive $586,200 in federal economic stimulus funds through a Department of Energy grant.

Funds will be used for 10 projects that will reduce electricity use in the city by more than 2 million kilowatt hours annually, and reduce fuel consumption.

"These are projects that will directly benefit our residents, help us provide more efficient services to our community and result in true energy savings," Lodi City Manager Blair King said. "We're pleased the Department of Energy saw the value in these projects."

The projects funded through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Funding include:

  • Keep Your Cool ($25,000 to install new refrigerator door gaskets at Lodi businesses);
  • Lodging Energy Efficiency Pilot Project ($48,000 to install occupancy sensors that control energy use when a motel is vacant, fund high-efficiency Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning improvements);
  • Low-Income Refrigerator Replacement ($50,000 to replace inefficient refrigerators in qualifying households with new efficient units);
  • Cool the Earth Educational Pilot Project ($25,000 for an educational outreach program to teach students how to save energy and water in their homes);
  • Energy Efficient Home Improvement Rebates ($50,000 in rebates for homeowner upgrades);
  • Computer Server Energy Efficiency Project ($200,000 to replace 25 computer servers with eight to 10 high-efficiency servers and reduce air conditioning costs);
  • Kofu Park Community Building ($20,000 to install a high-efficiency HVAC unit and other energy-saving improvements);
  • Grape Bowl Lighting Retrofit ($100,000 to replace inefficient lighting with brighter, high-efficiency lights);
  • Solar-Powered Trash Compaction ($53,000 to purchase up to 20 solar-powered trash-compacting garbage cans in City parks to reduce labor, collection and fuel costs, and prevent overflows);
  • Community Center Energy Management System Retrofit ($15,000 to install a software system to better manage the facility's HVAC system).

The City is expecting to receive the funds in a matter of days. Additional details of the specific programs were presented to the Lodi City Council on Sept. 16 and are available online. The Lodi City Council will authorize the expenditures at future dates.

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