Fullerton, CA To Implement Self-Funded Energy Efficiency Program

The City of Fullerton, CA contracted with NORESCO to implement a self-funded energy efficiency project to expand smart city technologies and distributed energy resources. The project will cost $8.4 million to implement, with a guaranteed savings of $12.1 million during the contract period. 

“The goal of the city’s energy savings program is to upgrade critical infrastructure and deliver economic and environmental benefits, for our residents and our staff. Through this program, we will leverage guaranteed energy savings to pay for additional renewable energy, replace old and inefficient HVAC systems and place additional electric vehicle charging stations. This will allow us to stretch our general fund dollars, while improving community safety, and progressing towards our sustainability and climate goals,” said City of Fullerton Mayor Fred Jung.

Plans are also in place for the installation of photovoltaic systems at the main water plant and at city hall and the police department to provide renewable energy and the upgrade of approximately 7,700 lighting fixtures with new LEDs to reduce energy consumption and extend the lifespan to at least 20 years. 

Along with revenue generation, the project will also provide decarbonization benefits and is expected to reduce the city’s annual emissions of carbon dioxide by 2,793,572 pounds. A rigorous commissioning and measurement-based verification plan has been designed to ensure energy usage savings and operational success. 

“The City of Fullerton continues its progress toward healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent buildings and infrastructure, modernizing the city while conserving capital, reallocating its energy spend and decreasing its carbon footprint,” said Jim Williams, Vice President, NORESCO. “We are honored to serve and help make a positive impact on local budgets and the local community.”