The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority this month approved $8 million in financing for an energy efficiency and conservation project at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute.
The 30-building campus houses more than 2,700 inmates and has more than 540 employees, according to the Chillicothe Gazette. The campus, which is more than 80 years old, initially was a military camp. The project will include lighting retrofits, powerhouse modifications and water and HVAC upgrades, the story says. Utility, operations and maintenance costs are to be cut by $975,000 annually, which is 47 percent of current costs.
The project also is expected to remove 6,342 tons of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide from the environment. It also will eliminate 15 tons of sulfur dioxide, eight tons of nitrogen oxide and 0.14 pounds of mercury, the story says.
This spring, Siemens Government Technologies was awarded a $38.6 million contract by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to deploy energy and water conservation platforms at two correctional facilities in eastern Kentucky.