Glenn Cravens - The Californian - Small businesses on the Central Coast can benefit from a program that will help them conserve energy and lower their utility bills. On Friday, Ecology Action, a Santa Cruz-based nonprofit organization, launched RightLights, a $1.9 million program to help businesses with 10 or fewer employees buy more efficient lighting.
"We're going to show businesses a way to conserve energy and save money," said California Public Utilities Commissioner Loretta Lynch. Businesses in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties can participate. How much money they're eligible for depends on their size and needs.
The PUC obtained the funding from the state, and Ecology Action has found contractors who'll do the repairs and replacements for less than the going rate.
Ecology Action representatives held a news conference Friday at a Santa Cruz business that is expected to reap the awards. A contractor reworked the lighting in her business for $1,900. Through RightLights, she receive $1,300 to help offset the costs.
The business is now expected to save $2,760 in utility fees for the rest of the year, according to Ecology Action. The goal is to help 100 Santa Cruz-area companies and 595 overall on the Central Coast.