Massachusetts Jail to Slash Costs 61% With Energy Efficiency Upgrade

August 18, 2014 By Kirsten Korosec

accelerated-energy-program-The Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction in Massachusetts is expected to cut its energy costs 61 percent and save $365,000 a year through a widespread energy efficiency upgrade to the facility.

The 160,000-square-foot facility will undergo a $3.5 million upgrade to its boiler units and have a solar pre-heating system for hot water and a 300-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array installed, reported the Berkshire Eagle. Older lighting will be replaced with LEDs and fans and equipment motors will be upgraded to more efficient units.

The energy savings will cover the project cost within 10 years. The project is expected to be completed in 2015.

The state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance is working with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office on the project through the government’s Accelerated Energy Program.

The AEP launched in January 2012 to encourage the implementation of energy and water projects through the state and help meet long-term energy and emission reduction targets.

The three-year initiative will save about $43 million annually through conservation of energy and water, according to the state. The program is being executed in conjunction with other energy conservation and facility management initiatives.

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