SOURCE: Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions

January 29, 2008 14:13 ET

Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Unveils Unique "Adopt a City" Program

Energy-Efficient Lighting Company Plans to Make All Homes in One California City Carbon Neutral in 2008

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwire - January 29, 2008) - Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions has developed a unique and innovative plan to make all the homes in one California city carbon neutral in 2008.

William Tauber, Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions, has entitled the program, "Adopt a City."

One city will be selected from any city in California that submits a request for consideration. Cities may apply via U.S. Mail, email or fax directly to Attn: Adopt A City, Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions, Inc., 1562 Parkway Loop, Suite B, Tustin, CA 92780, or or FAX: 1-714-258-8233. The deadline for applications to be accepted is February 15, 2008. For questions, please call 714-542-5490, ext. 22.

Tauber will announce the winning city February 20, 2008.

"This is the first time an energy-efficient lighting company has developed a program to make a city carbon neutral by assigning them carbon credits in order to reduce dangerous carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) in the air," Tauber says.

"We're extremely excited about this program," he adds. "We decided to create this program to illustrate the impact and importance of saving energy, helping the environment and energy efficiency in general."

Becoming carbon neutral from offsetting carbon credits means that a household has neutralized the effect of its personal household greenhouse gas emissions (Carbon Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide) and its household activities no longer contribute to the dangers of global warming.

Independent studies show that 25% of California greenhouse gas emissions come from personal household activities. The rest come from industry, commerce, agriculture, oilfields, trucking, and defense, to name a few.

Global climate change is an enormous problem that needs urgent attention, Tauber warns. A January 2004 study from a team of conservation biologists at University of Leeds in Britain concluded that if temperatures continue to increase as forecast by 2050, 15% to 37% of all land-based animals and plants will become extinct. That is around one million species.

"This is on our watch," Tauber says. "We are the ones who are responsible with reducing this toll."

Tauber's "Adopt a City" idea evolved when he read the Southern California Household Energy Savings study by Dennis Silverman of the UC Irvine Physics and Astronomy department in October 2007. Silverman found that in Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric territories, a typical household used 6,000 kilo watt hours (kWh) of annual household electrical usage.

About Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc.

Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions Inc. is California's "green" lighting provider. Its energy-efficient lighting design reduces energy consumption up to 60 percent by retrofitting existing commercial and industrial lighting. Customers who install dimming devices, occupancy sensors and daylight-harvesting, energy-saving bulbs can reduce energy consumption by an additional 15 to 20 percent. These businesses also report increased worker productivity and satisfaction from enhanced lighting levels.

Founded in 2004, Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions helps customers comply with energy codes, earn valuable rebates from their local electric utility providers and qualify for federal tax deductions. Over the last 2 1/2 years, the company has helped customers save 22,766,229 kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 3.7 megawatts (MW) of demand, thus preventing 27,285,945 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), 364,259 pounds of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 1,570,086 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOX) from being emitted into California's ecosystem. Learn more at or by calling 714-542-5490.


Progressive Lighting & Energy Solutions CEO William C. Tauber is a nationally-recognized expert on energy reduction and solar power. He has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and Orange County Register, as well as several national environmental newsletters.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    William Tauber
    714-542-5490, ext. 22

    Rick Weinberg
    714-542-5490, ext. 31