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Sierra Business Council to host light swap program for GV businesses

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The Sierra Business Council, in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc. will offer a light swap program May 28, designed to encourage downtown Grass Valley merchants to upgrade their existing lighting to energy-efficient LED lighting.

"The Save Twice Grass Valley Light Swap" program will educate merchants on the retail benefits of LED lighting, including the reduction of energy bills and maintenance costs, plus the overall enhancement of product displays. Tia Hollingsworth, owner of the Bamboo Homestore in Grass Valley, has seen such benefits after swapping out her lighting for LEDs in October.

"The experience was great, it was simple, cost-effective; it was exactly what was explained to me, and my energy costs have been cut in half!" says Hollingsworth.

Typical lighting rebate programs require customers to wait up to 60 days for their rebates. Compellingly, this one-day event allows participating businesses to receive an instant rebate from PG&E on their lighting upgrades.

Businesses eligible for the rebate are PG&E customers within the Grass Valley downtown corridor that: 1) have existing track lighting with incandescent and/or halogen lamps, and 2) can have an owner or owner's representative present for the audit, lamp purchase and installation.

Downtown Grass Valley businesses interested in participating should contact Alicia Powers at Sierra Business Council (email or call 530-582-4800) in order to schedule an appointment. There are a limited number of appointment slots available, and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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The Sierra Business Council fosters thriving communities in the Sierra Nevada via "on-the-ground" local projects that promote, develop and amplify the area's social, natural and economic capital. Information on SBC's projects can be found at

The light swap rebates are funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Solar energy discussed at forum on Wednesday

A forum exploring "America's Energy Revolution: Can We Afford It?" will turn to solar energy sources for its concluding session. On May 8, Suzette Pool, who heads business development for Plan It Solar, will present the benefits of residential and commercial solar power and discuss how it reduces utility costs while using a natural, sustainable source of energy — the sun! She also will talk about financing, leasing and the Grass Valley company's zero-down programs.

The session starts at 9:15 a.m., lasts 90 minutes and includes a question-and-answer period. Coffee and baked goods will be served at 9 a.m. Sessions will take place in the Fellowship Hall of Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley.

For information, contact organizer David Baker at 530-432-8935.

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