Chamber’s Energy Watch Partnership Program nears the end of a Successful Year

Energy Watch Partnership receives a Resolution from the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. Left to right- Dave Cross and Glenn Morris from the Chamber of Commerce, John Shoals from PG&E, Alma Briseno from SoCalGas, and 5th District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino

The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership has completed over 35 projects in the first three quarters of 2017. Most of those projects were businesses in northern Santa Barbara County which the Partnership assisted in becoming more energy efficient. Some projects involved municipal buildings in conjunction with local cities.

The Partnership created a grant program for non-profits to cover much or all of the co-pay required to retrofit their buildings and upgrade their lighting. This program is being modeled by other Partnerships. Non-profits that have been assisted this year include: Good Samaritan Shelter, Community Action Commission, American Legion #538, Orcutt Lions Club and the Guadalupe Senior Center.

All in all, the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership has accounted for over 1.3 kilowatt hours saved. That is enough energy to power 120 homes.

Preparations are underway for 2018, so if your business or non-profit would like to participate in the program, simply contact the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The Santa Barbara County Energy Watch partnership consists of PG&E and SoCal Gas as funding partners and the program is administered by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. Staples Energy performs the contract work for the Partnership. Municipal partners include the cities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Buellton and Solvang, as well as the County of Santa Barbara.