As a part of the Municipal Facility Retrofit Program, the Office of Sustainability is performing lighting upgrades at 15 facilities, 3 downtown parks, and throughout the Riverwalk.
The Office of Sustainability has completed over 200 lighting efficiency projects. The Aggregate energy savings from all lighting retrofits thus far is $500,000 and 6.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. This is equivalent to the energy used by 470 homes in San Antonio.
The project initiated in late April and will complete in July. The Riverwalk work commenced this week and is proceeding as planned. In total, the project will cost $1 Million and will save the City $170,000 in annual energy and maintenance costs. The work is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
3,200 lighting fixtures will be replaced, cutting energy consumption 55% per fixture, while improving the quality of light. Further, the new fixtures will add to the visual appeal of the Riverwalk in the heart of our City. This project complements over 200 lighting efficiency projects completed by Office of Sustainability in 2011 and 2012 and is a step toward my ultimate goal of maximizing the energy efficiency of all City facilities.
We will keep you apprised of our efforts under the Municipal Facility Retrofit Program as we continue to make the City of San Antonio a national leader in sustainability.