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City of Brea

California

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The Opportunity

The City of Brea, nestled among the rolling foothills of the Chino Hills Range, prides itself on its small town atmosphere. Committed to sustainable development, the City provides a diverse range of services to its 40,000 residents with the goal of harnessing long-term benefits for a growing community. The City’s innovative Green Life, Green Brea program underscores Brea’s strong commitment to the environment by providing a forum for sharing green practices with residents and businesses.

The Partnership

In July 2010, Brea partnered with ENGIE Services U.S. (ENGIE) to design and implement a comprehensive, citywide program as part of its Green Life, Green Brea initiative. Created to meet the unique needs of Brea’s community, the innovative program – complete with 1.8 MW solar power generating systems – will continue to generate savings for the City’s General Fund by reducing overall utility consumption and mitigating costly water pumping fees. The long-term benefits the program has brought to the community are significant: creating over 100 new jobs, attracting businesses to headquarter in Brea, and improving workforce development and training. The energy efficiency and solar power program delivers significant, long-term benefits to the City of Brea – further crystalizing Brea’s position as a leader in sustainability among California cities.

Water Scope

As the City considered options for savings, it became important to design a plan that would incorporate efficiencies for water operations, given significant electricity input to meet pumping demands. 4,914 roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels with 1.15 MW capacity were installed over the main reservoir in the Public Works yard in order to help mitigate future pumping costs to the city. HVAC upgrades were also made at the City Yard Pump House to improve reliability and efficiency.

3 Dimensions of Impact

ENGIE is committed to building three dimensions of impact in every customer’s future:

  • Supporting People
  • Saving Money
  • Protecting the Environment
As part of Brea’s Green Life, Green Brea program, ENGIE helped transform vital city spaces with the community in mind. Outfitting the Brea Civic and Cultural Center with modern solar arrays, for example, not only offered shade during the day for visitors and passersby, but was coupled with upgraded energy efficient lighting on sight for improved lighting during night events. Helping the City save over $13 million over the lifetime of the project, the ENGIE program reduced Brea’s utility costs by as much as 40 percent. In order to ensure the impact of these dramatic savings translated to long-term community education on sustainability, real-time solar production data at the Community Center was captured through an interactive, informational kiosk display and on the City’s website.

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Integrated Program Highlights

Custom-designed solutions and services are critical to achieve Energy Effective™ facilities. To learn more about this integrated program, download the PDF to read the full technical scope.
Heating and Cooling

Heating and Cooling

Lighting

Lighting

Solar PV

Solar PV

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