Energy Efficiency Saves $750,000 per Year for Civic Center

July 30, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

NYPA energy manageThe New York Power Authority and Monroe County, New York, completed a $15.2 million energy efficiency project at the Monroe County Civic Center that will save more than $750,000 in annual energy costs.

The upgrades at the Rochester facility are being carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, a statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings and are also part of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.

NYPA provided financing to Monroe County for the project, with $390,000 in rebates coming from Rochester Electric & Gas (RG&E) and $157,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The project, which began last year, includes the installation of high-efficiency lighting, chilled water control valves, controls for the air handling system, motors, and a micro-steam turbine. The new high-tech lighting will conserve about 1.3 million kWh per year. In addition, the improvements feature an 85 kW solar photovoltaic array, which is part of the Governor’s NY-Sun initiative to scale solar deployment across the state.

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