San Joaquin Supervisors Approve Energy Savings Plan
San Joaquin supervisors have approved an ambitious project to increase energy efficiency at county-owned facilities. Officials estimate that the plan will save $142 million over the next 25 years.
“Rising energy prices represent an on-going cost and opportunity for savings,” said Board Chair Robert Rickman. “This Board is committed to innovation and efficiency. This project pays for itself in just five years, which represents twenty-five years of savings on energy costs for our taxpayers.”
The plan includes solar installation at the sheriff’s office, the district attorney’s office, Stockton Metropolitan Airport, San Joaquin General Hospital and several other county buildings. Ten county facilities will undergo HVAC upgrades. Other facilities will see lighting improvements.
The project is expected to cost around $28.8 million for fiscal year 2023-2024. The county will receive half of that money back through state and federal rebates.
In addition to saving money, the improvements will help San Joaquin reduce its environmental footprint. Greenhouse gas emissions are expected to decline by approximately 6,360 tons annually.