Goleta will be getting more green lights—just not the kind you drive through. The City received an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the US Department of Energy and California Energy Commission through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The grant will allow the City to retrofit existing intersection safety lighting (the street lights that illuminate the crosswalks) with new high-efficiency LED lighting. While the light emanating from the new light fixtures will look a little different, each of the 84 lights throughout the City will use approximately 55% less energy while still providing the appropriate light output. It is anticipated that installation of the new lights at each of the intersections
will be completed this winter.
In addition, the EECBG grant will facilitate two additional projects in the City. The first includes installation of energy efficiency retrofits (lighting and motion sensors) at City Hall. The second involves the City sharing grant dollars with the Goleta Union School District to install occupancy sensors and retrofit existing EXIT signs with high-efficiency EXIT signs in classrooms throughout the four elementary schools within the City limits. Goleta continues to be green and encourages you to investigate green measures for your home and business.