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Indian Wells, CA, USA has joined the LED City program, an international community of government and industry parties initiated by LED maker Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA in December 2006 to evaluate, deploy and promote LED lighting for municipal infrastructure. Indian Wells joins existing program members Raleigh, NC, Ann Arbor, MI, Austin, TX and Anchorage, AK in the USA, Toronto and Welland in Canada, Tianjin in China, and Torraca in Italy.
The city has converted much of the lighting in City Hall, the Emergency Operations Center and the Public Works Maintenance Facility to LED lighting. “It is initiatives like these that have made California a world leader in energy efficiency,” says Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I applaud the City of Indian Wells and the University of California, Davis for promoting the kinds of energy-efficiency measures that California needs to meet our aggressive goal of 33% renewable energy by 2020.”
Just yesterday it was announced that University of California, Davis (close to Sacramento, CA) has joined the LED University program (initiated by Cree in April 2008 to evaluate, deploy and promote the adoption of energy-efficient LEDs across university infrastructures), starting with bi-level lighting at its South Entry Parking Structure.
All circular recessed lighting in the Indian Wells city buildings was converted to Cree’s LR6 LED light, reducing electricity consumption by 80%. The city now plans to evaluate LED lighting for other municipal lighting applications to further increase its energy savings.
“The City of Indian Wells takes being green seriously,” says Mayor Larry Spicer. “We are known worldwide for our extraordinary landscape and pristine environment, and we make stewardship of these resources a top priority. The recessed LED lighting we have installed throughout our municipal buildings cuts our energy consumption for those lights by 80% and is targeted to last for 12-25 years, significantly reducing the time and money we spend changing and tossing away bulbs,” he adds.
“We collaborated with Southern California Edison for these initial LED lighting installations,” notes Indian Wells city manager Greg Johnson. “They gave us a directive to save energy. We conducted an initial evaluation of many different efficient lighting solutions, and the Cree LR6 LED recessed light was far superior to the others,” he adds.
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