On November 3, the County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the largest energy efficiency retrofit in the government agency’s history, a move that will reduce environmental impacts and save significant energy and operational costs over time.
The County is working with PG&E and AECOM and has already begun implementation of Sustainable Solutions Turnkey (SST) – a design-build energy efficiency retrofit project that leverages public-private partnerships to streamline implementation of energy efficiency projects using money saved from energy and operational efficiency.
The project includes eight different energy efficiency projects at multiple County-owned facilities. The eight different projects fall into 3 general categories, involving upgrades to lighting, heating and cooling systems, or energy management and controls systems.
The total project cost of $4,527,159 will be repaid with energy-cost and operational savings in 13.3 years. To fund the project, the County is leveraging low-interest loans at 1 percent or 0 percent interest from the California Energy Commission and PG&E, as well as existing County funds designated specifically for energy and water projects, and capital improvements.
The result of the effort will be annual energy savings equivalent to avoiding 246 tons of waste sent to landfill; 62.7 homes’ energy use for one year; or 17,970 incandescent lamps switched to CFLs. Energy conservation will also result in an annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 686.8 metric tons of CO2 (MTCO2e), equivalent to taking 151 cars off the road or planting 31,545 trees annually. SST is the single largest energy efficiency retrofit project in the history of the County, and positions the organization as one of a select few counties in California to initiate an SST project.
Moreover, it moves the County closer toward the General Plan goal of a 20 percent reduction in energy use from County facilities from baseline levels (2006) by 2020, and the EnergyWise Plan goal of a 15 percent reduction in emissions from all government operations from baseline levels by 2020.
On December 4, Planning and Building and Public Works staff attended the US Green Building Council Central Coast 2015 Green Awards and Gala and accepted a Government/Green School award on behalf of the County for the SST energy efficiency project.