Replacing our outdated infrastructure to create smart and sustainable facilities serves a multifaceted purpose. Not only are we preserving taxpayer dollars, but we are also creating a cleaner environment for our community to proudly live, work and play in.”
Paul Leon, Ontario Mayor
The initiative began in January 2019 when Ontario sought a building technologies and energy services provider to perform an energy audit of its infrastructure. With the inquiry, Ontario’s City Council hoped to find ways to save resources that were being used to repair and operate failing, antiquated equipment. In May 2019, the city selected Climatec. During the facility audit, the Climatec team uncovered a number of areas where obsolete equipment could be replaced and renewable energy systems could be installed that would save the city millions in operating costs. Once identified and the recommendations verified by city staff, the next step was to commence implementation to improve conditions for greater health and safety for the community at large and set Ontario on the path to becoming a smart city. Climatec led the city through a detailed process, enabling them to identify and secure funding for the initiative. Ontario was able to leverage funds from several sources, including the California Energy Commissions’ Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA), Southern California Edison utility rebates, California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and a tax-exempt municipal lease at historically low interest rates. This creative funding approach enabled Ontario to make these significant upgrades to aging infrastructure and implement sustainability initiatives without need of capital or general fund dollars.