By San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonioâ¿¿s Office of Environmental Policy and CPS Energy have teamed up to launch a new program designed to help small businesses increase lighting efficiency and thus reduce their electricity bills.

The Office of Environmental Policy is calling it the City Lights program. Through it, CPS Energy commercial customers located within the city limits may qualify for a zero interest loan for up to $3,000 to pay for lighting upgrades at their places of business. Work will be performed by an approved city contractor. Businesses repay the loan to the City Lights program. Once the loan is paid off, all of the energy savings go to the business.

Lighting is the second-largest portion of a businessâ¿¿ energy bill. On average, interior lighting accounts for 28 percent of a companyâ¿¿s energy consumption. Improved lighting can significantly reduce a companyâ¿¿s energy consumption and reduce its utility bills.

To qualify for the program, small business customers must be in good credit standing with CPS Energy with no disconnect notices in the past 12 months and no deposits pending. The business also must operate from a facility that is 15,000 square feet or less and employ no more than 50 individuals.

The program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information on City Lights, click here.

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