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Island snapshot: The bright lights of Harbor Bay Isle

Submitted by on 1, November 10, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

The Public Utilities Board's Gregory Hamm and Harbor Bay Isle maintenance manager Joe Landaeta. Contributed.

The folks at Alameda Municipal Power and the Community of Harbor Bay Isle are celebrating the installation of seven energy-efficient LED lights in a portion of the parking area serving the community’s offices.

The Harbor Bay folks decided to replace the metal halide bulbs they had been using after the folks at AMP offered them a $2,730 rebate for the retrofit. The new bulbs – which also employ a “bilevel” function that power down the lights to a dimmer setting when there’s no motion in lot, will use 80 percent less electricity than the bulbs they’re replacing, saving the community some $2,000 in electricity costs.

The new LED bulbs are also expected to last 36 years, 12 times longer than the metal halide bulbs, according to an AMP press release.

AMP’s senior customer programs coordinator, Bill Garvine, said this is the second such project to receive financial assistance from the utility. The first is in a lot at the College of Alameda.

The utility has all kinds of rebate programs, and you can learn all about those right here.

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