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Balboa Park Centennial “Light the Park” Project and Street Light Working Group Update

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Balboa Park Centennial “Light the Park” Project

Cleantech San Diego is proud to be one of the core collaborators who worked closely with the City of San Diego and SDG&E in scoping out a technically feasible and cost effective LED lighting upgrade project, which is one of the centerpieces in elevating and upgrading Balboa Park in preparation for the 2015 Centennial Celebration. Highly efficient LED lights have been installed along the Park’s central walkway from the end of the Laurel Street Bridge, through the Plaza de Panama, to the fountain outside the San Diego Natural History Museum. The “Light the Park” project’s key features include replacing existing outdoor light fixtures with programmable red, green, and blue LED lights; installing controllers, which will enable over 2,000 color hues to be displayed in architectural color washes of the exterior of buildings; and running new LED string lights, which outline the overall project. New LED lighting fixtures have also been installed to replace the exterior pathway and parking lot lights throughout the park.

Street Light Working Group

SDG&E has submitted an advice letter to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) to request approval on a pilot basis to use data from street light wireless meters that meet their specification requirements for billing on the LS-2 tariff rate when street lights are operated at dimmed settings. This paves the way for those jurisdictions who have installed, or plan to install, integrated adaptive controls with their street lights to monetize the savings of selective dimming schemes. This currently includes the Cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, and the County of San Diego. Approval of this advice letter is expected in the first half of 2015.

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