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WATTS Going On At Los Volcanes Senior Center?

New energy efficient lighting project helps illuminate interior and exterior while cutting costs.

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs has started installation of an energy efficient lighting improvement project at Los Volcanes Senior Center in Northwest Albuquerque. The project, managed by City’s Department of Municipal Development (DMD), will decrease annual energy costs and improve lighting within the interior and exterior of the building. 

“The overall goal of the project is to reduce energy use as well as cost,” said Saif Ismail, DMD Energy and Sustainability Division Manager. “The new lights are expected to reduce energy costs by $156,952 of annual savings.” 

“Enhanced safety and reduced electricity consumption are just some of the benefits to these lighting upgrades,” said Anna Sanchez, director of Senior Affairs. “Improved aesthetics, improved lighting for the public outdoor spaces, there are so many positives to this project. We are also pleased the upgrade has had minimal impact on center programming and senior meals, allowing us to continue services to our community members.”   

While Los Volcanes continues to remain open throughout majority of the installation project from June, 4 through June 8, 2022 center community members should expect some changes to regular operation hours, and scheduled programming as work is planned for the center’s social hall. Senior breakfast and lunch meal service will not be interrupted but will have some modifications due to limited access to the hall during these dates. Members are encouraged to visit with center front desk staff regarding details of any planned schedule or service variations during the upgrade installation.  

The project is funded by Energy and Sustainability Management Division and is scheduled for completion of September 2022.