Lawrence, KS, Invests in Energy Efficiency

November 11, 2016 By Carl Weinschenk

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Lawrence, KS, has added $11.4 million in energy efficiency upgrades. LJ World reports that the projects include installation of solar panels and LEDs and smart thermostats.

The list is comprised of about 40 projects, including work at municipal buildings, parks and other facilities. The projects, the story says, are expected to more or less pay for themselves.

In December, the city jointed the state’s Facilities Conservation Improvement Program. The goal was to develop a contract for cities to balance sustainability investments with savings gained from the added efficiencies. The savings, the story says, will go into a debt service fund and pay for green bonds to finance the projects.

Projects also are ongoing in the east. For instance, the state of New York last month is offering as much as $5 million in funding for “forward thinking” energy efficiency projects in Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo, according to Westfair Business Publications.

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