Corona Receives 2018 Cool Planet Award
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2018
CORONA RECEIVES 2018 COOL PLANET AWARD
CORONA, CA– The City of Corona received the 2018 Cool Planet Award at an Award Ceremony held on Friday, October 19, 2018 for the City’s LED Street Light Retrofit project that was completed in February.
Corona’s Maintenance Services and Public Works Departments worked together to replace approximately 8,000 inefficient, high pressure sodium street lights with new LED street lights, as well as installed a lighting control system that allows for proactive maintenance and demand of the lights.
The Citywide Street and Safety Light Project was funded by special district property taxes that could only be used for street light operation and maintenance, as well as Gas Tax revenues. The project began in November of 2017 and was completed in four phases by Tanko Lighting. The street light retrofit project also qualified the city for a SCE rebate incentive in the amount of $881,844.95 that covered over 20 percent of the overall project costs.
“The new lighting control system helps us to achieve added savings through dimming and scheduling features, as well as helping us to improve service by identifying lights that need service before a resident reports it,” said Maintenance Services Director Tom Moody. “Plus, the City and our residents benefit from reduced expenses – we’ve seen a 35 percent reduction in SCE bills.”
Southern California Edison (SCE) and The Climate Registry award the Cool Planet Award to recognize SCE business customers who demonstrate exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management within their business size and industry sector.
“The Cool Planet Award recognizes businesses that incorporate sustainability into their long-term plans,” said Ann McCabe, Interim Executive Director of The Climate Registry. “Congratulations to all Award recipients that have demonstrated a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint by working alongside SCE to manage their energy use.”
About the Scoring: Nomination forms were evaluated by representatives from The Climate Registry and SCE using a point-based system focusing on an organization’s participation in a variety of SCE integrated demand side management strategies, including energy management, demand response programs and energy audits. They also reviewed an organization’s carbon management strategies, such as publicly available energy management and climate action plans and the measuring and reporting of an organization’s greenhouse gas emissions/carbon footprint.
About the Climate Registry: The Climate Registry (TCR) is making global warming history. Our mission is to empower our generation to reduce its carbon footprint by helping organizations measure, track and manage their greenhouse gas emissions inventories. TCR operates the only voluntary carbon reporting program that is backed by U.S. state governments, provides hands-on support and service, and generates transparent, consistent, and credible data needed to make reductions. www.TheClimateRegistry.org
About the City of Corona: Corona is located adjacent to Orange County California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 160,000 residents. For more information regarding the City of Corona visit www.CoronaCA.gov.
Assistant City Manager, City of Corona