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‘Cool roof' at Camarena library

January 28, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A new "cool roof" has been installed on the Camarena Memorial Library here.

A "cool roof" is a white roof instead of a black or gray roof.

The roof could allow the library to save 40 percent on energy cooling bills.

The library received $1,500 from the non-profit San Diego Regional Energy Office for installing the roof.

Library employee Julia Osuna said she hopes the library is one of many Calexico buildings with a "cool roof."

According to Kurt Kammerer, executive director of the energy office: "Calexico stands out as the first city in Imperial County to install a ‘cool roof' on a city-owned building."

Kammerer said Calexico could serve as a role model for the region by saving constituents significant cooling costs and reducing demands for electricity.

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