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Bakersfield: Church Receives Energy Upgrades, Improving Lighting and Saving Money

BAKERSFIELD – First Presbyterian Church in downtown Bakersfield received nearly $30,000 in lighting upgrades this week that will help the nonprofit save energy and money.

The work, which began Monday (Feb. 10) and should finish today (Feb. 14), was made possible through PG&E’s Local Government Partnership program called Kern Energy Watch. The program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E and participating agencies through the California Public Utilities Commission.

Staples workers install energy efficiency lighting inside the gym and activity center at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday.

Staples workers install energy efficiency lighting inside the gym and activity center at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday.

For the church, the lighting upgrades were done at a minimal cost of about $2,000 after rebates. But the energy-efficiency upgrades are expected to help the church save about $15,000 a year on its energy bills.

To start, First Presbyterian received an energy assessment that helped identify work that could be done. The list included replacing 200 lighting fixtures in the church’s activity center, gym, education classrooms and sanctuary entrance. The Bakersfield Californian covered the story as work was being performed by contractor Staples Energy on Thursday (Feb. 13).

Small and medium businesses and nonprofits can sign up for an energy assessment for just $25 through the program. The assessment identifies areas where participants can improve energy efficiency. It also provides recommended equipment upgrades, PG&E rebates available to offset the cost of the upgrades, and estimated energy savings.

The partnership that helped the church is the same one that helped the Bakersfield Homeless Center save money on its utility bills.

This story originally appeared on pgecurrents.com.