Smart Lighting Makes Sense
Lighting accounts for nearly 25 percent of electricity use in California. To become more energy efficient and lower the state’s carbon footprint, in 2008 California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted California’s first Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, will calls for a 60 to 80 percent reduction in electrical lighting consumption statewide by 2020. Answering the call in 2010, a collaborative group of UC Davis departments established the Smart Lighting Initiative to renovate existing indoor and outdoor campus lighting – the first large institution in the state to begin making lighting changes to meet this challenge. The Smart Lighting Initiative includes the following departments: the California Lighting Technology Center, Design and Construction Management, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and Facilities Management. The Smart Lighting project goals are to reduce overall campus electrical use by upwards of 60 percent from 2007 levels. UC Davis has already reduced lighting energy consumption by about 25 percent since 2007.
A self-sustaining program
The program is funded through a combination of fund sources. The majority of the costs have been financed by debt-financing to be paid back through cost savings realized from reduced energy consumption. Portions of the work have been funded through the Statewide Energy Partnership Program.
Better lighting and a better environment
Students, faculty and staff that live, study and work on campus benefit from Smart Lighting. Most will notice improved lighting conditions both indoors and outdoors. In addition, these improvements will further reduce UC Davis’ overall energy usage, carbon footprint and on-going energy costs. The scope of the retrofit projects includes installing new energy efficient lighting and control systems.
Phase 1 - Bathrooms and Stairway lighting retrofits
Phase 2 – 42 Existing Buildings on campus, representing 2.5 million square feet retrofitted.
Hutchison Field lighting retrofit
Wallpack lighting retrofit
Exterior Roadway and Pathway lighting retrofits