Downtown Fresno parking garages are getting some much needed attention.
The city along with PG&E installed hundreds of new lights in three poorly lit garages.
The goal was to make the garages feel safer and to save energy.
“It was kind of dark in here,” says downtown resident Arlene Baker.
The parking garages in downtown Fresno weren’t exactly a place you wanted to be at night.
“I really like them, it is a lot brighter you are not scared to walk through them anymore,” she says.
That has all changed, new lights are making garages feel safer.
“we came through all the lighting fixtures in the building and changed them all out and as a result there is a 52% energy savings for the structure,” says Doc Rivers from Express Energy Services.
Doc Rivers from Express Energy Services says their company helps utility companies and government agencies save energy.
Their latest project, three parking garages in downtown Fresno.
“The lights are made by FSC Lighting based out of Rancho Cucamonga,” he says.
These new led lights may look like any other light bulb, but Rivers says these fixtures are providing more than just light to fresno parking garages.
“Why I specify their fixtures over other manufactures is because they employ a workforce about 30% of the workforce is special needs adults,” he says.
Rivers says FSC Lighting is helping a population that has a hard time finding work.
“That workforce, they actually do a lot of the sub-assembly work and the inspection too they have coaches that go through the process,” says Rivers.
According to city officials the three garages costs $600,000 a year in electricity.
“The savings to the tax payers mean 40% of what we were paying for our lighting downtown,” says Mark Standriff from the City of Fresno, “it is not just that savings because of the efficiency of the led lighting is they will last longer.”
Mark Standriff from the City of Fresno says this project was another part of the downtown revitalization plan.
“You have seen what we done on Fulton the lighting there is magnificent this is again a part of that to enhance the experience for folks who are coming downtown to make it attractive and make it safe,” he adds.
Another addition that helps with energy savings is the lights can also be set to 50% power and then go up to 100% when someone walks under the censor.