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Teamsters union hall is first Los Angeles County PACE-funded project

LONG BEACH >> Every month, Teamsters Local 848 pays an average of about $2,500 in energy bills to power its meeting hall on the 3800 block of Cherry Avenue.

But when it’s done with its energy-efficient project, the group representing some 7,000 delivery and bus drivers and warehouse workers can see that cost shrink to as low as $10 a month.

This week, the Teamsters broke ground on the first Los Angeles County Property Assessed Clean Energy-funded energy-efficiency project, which will include new solar panels, a new “cool roof” and improved lighting.

The $236,350 project, financed with a property tax bill assessment, will create up to $75,000 in savings and allow the building be sustainable year-round, according to the county.

“We are impressed that the Teamsters are paving the path for other commercial property owners to use Los Angeles County PACE financing to complete their green building upgrades,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe said in a statement. “The first of many projects to come, we hope other commercial property owners look to the Teamsters’ meeting hall in the Fourth District as an example of the financial opportunities PACE offers — lowering building operating costs and increasing property values.” Read more.