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ROSEMEAD, Calif., Oct. 7, 2010 — Southern California Edison (SCE) is offering small businesses in the Twentynine Palms and Palm Springs areas up to $10,000 in free energy upgrades through SCE’s Direct Install program during the month of October.

“We have a program for virtually every single SCE customer,” said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE vice president, Business Customer Division. “We know the business ommunity has seen some tough times, and the lower electric bills resulting from these free energy-efficiency measures will help save money.”

The Direct Install survey, equipment and installation are available for qualifying small businesses that use less than 100 kilowatts of power. Much like 100 horsepower, 100 kilowatts is an instantaneous rating. SCE-approved professional contractors will visit the businesses, conduct a brief energy-use survey and make recommendations for free upgrades. The free installation of energy-efficient equipment will be scheduled at the business owner’s convenience.

Examples of the Direct Install program’s free energy-efficient upgrades include:

  • Fluorescent lighting.
  • Door closers, suction-line insulation and strip curtains.
  • LED (light-emitting diode) “open” and “exit” signs.
  • Window film.
  • Occupancy sensors.
  • Programmable thermostats.

To learn more about schedules and qualifications, please call (800) 736-4777 or visit

About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.


Southern California Edison Offering Free Energy-Efficiency Upgrades For Small Businesses in Twentynine Palms and Palm Springs