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Energy-conservation program in Brawley is ‘win-win situation'

January 26, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — With the promise of reducing energy consumption, this city has launched an energy-conservation program to refurbish the lighting systems in several of its buildings.

The Police Department, Fire Department, senior center, Lions Center and City Hall will all have lighting systems replaced with new "energy-efficient" systems.

Additionally, new air-conditioning systems will be installed in both the police and fire departments.

"This is good for ecology," said Mayor Wayne Johnson. "It's a win-win situation for everybody."

In what City Manager Jerry Santillan called a "proactive approach," the city has contracted Anaheim-based Invensys Building Systems to oversee the city's plan.

The energy conservation will equal the sparing of 60 tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, roughly equal to the planting of 40 trees per year, said Ashu Jain, sales manager for Invensys.


San Diego-based Amtech Lighting Services has been hired by the city for consultation services.

City officials and representatives from both Invensys and Amtech met in City Hall on Thursday morning to discuss the program and sign contracts.

Following Johnson's contract signing, representatives from Invensys and Amtech set out to assess the various city buildings included in the plan.

As part of its duties, Invensys will assess the lighting system, implement a refurbishment plan and hire subcontractors to complete the refurbishments.

Following a recommendation by the state, which asked that cities reduce their energy consumption by as much as 10 percent, Brawley implemented steps toward a reduction of its energy consumption.

The plan is aimed at initially reducing energy consumption by 5 percent, said Johnson.

Initial costs of the program are $265,000 but Johnson insists that with the savings from energy conservation, the plan will pay for itself.

Refurbishments will begin once Invensys has coordinated a schedule with its subcontractor and Brawley.

Invensys has completed numerous similar projects for several cities and counties throughout California.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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