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Sierra Business Council to host light swap program

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.

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The Union Updated May 5, 2013 06:14PM Published May 5, 2013 06:14PM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.