The City of Farmersville, located in California's Tulare County, joined the VIEW (Valley Innovation Energy Watch) Partnership in 2013. As a highly involved member of VIEW, the City has shown its dedication to becoming an energy efficient municipality and community leader in many ways. The City, with the help of VIEW, has shared energy efficiency information with the community through outreach events, applied for and completed a variety of projects and retrofits and adopted an Energy Action Plan, which will act as a guiding document for municipal energy efficiency projects and policies in the future.
During the 2014 and 2015 Farmersville Fall Festivals, an annual event that includes informational community booths, music and vendors, the City worked with VIEW to promote a variety of energy efficiency utility programs to the public.
Both Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas (SCG) Company provide municipalities, businesses and residents with programs designed to reduce energy use and increase energy savings year after year. The VIEW Partnership highlighted many programs at the Fall Festivals. Festival attendees learned summer savings tips, how to enroll in Demand Response programs and what the City is doing to be more energy efficient through the VIEW Partnership. The Partnership also provides information to business owners on the Direct Install Program for Small Businesses, which provides free energy efficient upgrades.
The VIEW Partnership Community Information booth at the Fall Festival continuously receives an overwhelmingly interested crowd; attendees become increasingly aware of the City's energy efficiency achievements and utility programs offered. They also gain a better understanding of what it means to be energy efficient in the home and workplace and the associated benefits.
The City of Farmersville itself has benefited from similar SCE programs. Recently, it completed a Direct Install lighting retrofit project at City Hall. The Municipal Direct Install program, supported by SCE ratepayer funds, provides energy efficiency upgrades to municipal properties. The City received further incentives from SCE for participation in the VIEW Partnership.
Farmersville City Hall is accessed by City employees, City Council members and the public. The constant use of this building creates great opportunity to use efficient technologies and save thousands in both kilowatt-hours (kWh) and dollars. This project saves the City over 52,000 kWh, which equates to roughly $20,000 annually.
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