Reagan Library’s efficient energy system cashes in

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – The Southern California Gas Co. will present an incentive check for more than $800,000 to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum today for using a $3.5 million high-efficiency energy system, which uses gas to produce electricity and usable heat. The new energy system was completed along with the new Air Force One Pavilion that opened last fall and now provides power to most of the library and museum complex. “We’re very excited because we feel it’s great not only for the library, the pavilion and the museum, but also for the community,” said R. Duke Blackwood, the library’s executive director. “It’s more efficient, less expensive and better for the environment.” It was initially hoped the energy savings from the generating system would pay off the costs in about five years, but exactly when now depends on the changing costs of natural gas, officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The library qualified for the cash award through the Self Generation Incentive Program, a state-sponsored energy-efficiency program that provides financial incentives to businesses for generating their own electricity on-site. The California Public Utilities Commission launched the program in 2001 in response to California’s electricity crisis. It provides qualifying businesses with incentives of up to 50 percent of the costs of buying and installing electric generation systems. The library project provides approximately 95 percent of the electricity consumed there. The electricity generated is enough to power 400 homes. The system also captures waste heat for hot and cold water, which is used for an air-conditioning system. For more information on the Self Generation Incentive Program, visit The Gas Co.’s Web site at www.socalgas.com/business/selfgen. last_img read more