Orange Coast College: Proposition 39

Orange Coast College’s campus was equipped with inefficient fluorescent, incandescent, metal halide and halogen lighting technologies throughout interior and exterior areas. In addition to being energy intensive, the distribution of light was uneven, causing dark areas that led to security, safety and learning concerns for students, teachers, and staff. With the introduction of Proposition 39 funds, the college was interested in pursuring energy systems optimization solutions.

Orange Coast College partnered with SmartWatt for guidance navigating through Proposition 39 and to take advantage of the funds available to enhance the aesthetics and and align with their campus sustainability initiatives. The project was completed in four phases and included interior LED lighting upgrades through 60 campus buildings, and exterior LED lighting upgrades.

The new lighting systems have enhanced security, safety, and aesthetics of campus building for students, teachers and staff. Additionally, the upgrades have helped the college reduce energy and maintenance costs, and enhanced overall campus sustainability.

Phase 1 of the project achieved dramatic savings, resulting in a Proposition 39 Excellence Award as the Highest Scoring Proposition 39 Retrofit Project of the Year by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.

Annual energy savings: $221K
Project cost: $2.9M
Prop 39 funding: $2.4M

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