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TDPUD Announces Last Chance Commercial Lighting Rebate

Opportunity for Truckee businesses to save energy and money!

Post Date:03/22/2012

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Media Contact: Ali North
Switchback PR + Marketing, Inc.
530-550-2252 ext. 102
ali@switchbackpr.com

For Immediate Release
Opportunity for Truckee Businesses to Save Energy and Money
Last Chance for TDPUD Rebates to Replace Old Lighting

TRUCKEE, Calif. (March 22, 2012) – The Truckee Donner Public Utility District is continuing their efforts to help local business owners save on their energy bill by covering part of a lighting upgrade cost. This includes a ‘last chance’ opportunity to receive a rebate to replace old, inefficient T12 fluorescent lamps and magnetic ballast with new, cost-effective lighting.

Fluorescent T12 lamps and magnetic ballast started being phased out by federal regulatory bodies as of July 2, 2010. The TDPUD’s commercial lighting rebate program covers one-third of the cost for businesses to upgrade to high-efficiency T8 lamps and electronic ballasts or better. By switching out the old T12 lights with more energy efficient lights, businesses can see as much as 33 percent in energy savings, which can translate to hundreds of dollars of savings per year.

This rebate program on T12s is being phased out by the TDPUD on June 30, 2012. After December, 31, 2012, the TDPUD will no longer be able to provide rebates on T12s. The total commercial lighting rebate limit is $10,000 per customer. If the proposed project cost is greater than $30,000, please contact the TDPUD conservation staff to discuss rebate opportunities.

The TDPUD has helped 75 local businesses and agencies invest in cost-effective lighting projects by providing more than $250,000 in rebates in the last three years. These 75 combined projects will continue to save more than $250,000 per year. That’s 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy saved. This particular lighting program is one of several energy and water savings programs that the TDPUD offers its commercial customers. 

The TDPUD offers many commercial lighting programs which save businesses money, and help them be energy smart. Commercial TDPUD customers can draw upon any of these four programs to save precious cash each month.

• Commercial Lighting Rebate Program: Replacing old fluorescent tube lights and magnetic ballast lights is not only energy smart, but it saves money. This program allows businesses to upgrade to a wide variety of high-efficiency commercial lighting. Contact the TDPUD to learn more or to find out if your commercial lighting project qualifies.
• Business Green Partners: The TDPUD offers FREE screw-in CFL and LED lights for Truckee business owners to install themselves.
• LED EXIT Sign Retrofit Program: Available to any TDPUD electric business customer, this program offers a FREE exit sign light retrofit. This includes a FREE installation by a TDPUD contractor to replace exit sign incandescent or fluorescent lights with high-efficiency LED Lights.
• LED Building Accent Lighting Program: The TDPUD will provide FREE LED light bulbs to Truckee businesses to replace accent lighting on store windows, roof eaves or trim. Businesses interested in this program should contact the TDPUD, which offers free LED replacement bulbs for these strands.

For more information on these and other money-saving conservation programs, please contact the TDPUD Conservation Department at (530) 582-3931 or visit www.tdpud.org.

About Truckee Donner PUD:
The TDPUD is a non-profit, publicly owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. TDPUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For more information about the TDPUD, call 530-587-3896 or visit www.tdpud.org.
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