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Columbia County to Benefit From Major Energy Efficiency Project

Columbia County in New York State has announced completion of an energy efficiency project at the county Public Safety Building that carries significant environmental benefits and cost-savings for taxpayers. The $2.7 million project, completed on-time and on-budget, will result in annual savings of approximately $138,000 and is expected to pay for itself over the life of the project financing with annual energy reductions. In addition, utility contributions to this energy savings project will add another $80,000 in savings for the project.
Columbia County to Benefit From Major Energy Efficiency Project
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The primary purpose of the project, led by Board of Supervisors Deputy Chairman and Stuyvesant Town Supervisor Ron Knott, was to replace outdated heating and cooling systems, lighting fixtures, electrical control panels and implement various other energy-saving measures at the 30-year-old county correctional facility. The facility is home to the offices of the county sheriff, 911 services, as well as the county jail.

 “The energy efficiency project at the county jail is a real win for both the environment and taxpayers,” said Supervisor Knott. “As homeowners well understand, you must routinely maintain your property and its mechanical systems to keep it working well. The situation is the same with our public buildings. Our correctional facility is approximately 30 years old, and its heating, cooling and electrical systems were all outdated and needed modernization. We were particularly concerned with maintenance costs, which were increasing as equipment approached the end of its useful life.”

The project was developed and completed in conjunction with Centrica Business Solutions, a leading energy efficiency firm.

“Centrica Business Solutions’ engineers did a great job designing and specifying the project, and its contractors worked really well within tight parameters,” said Knott. “Remember, one of the facility’s main uses is as a jail. It’s a tough building to work in and there were access hurdles to overcome to ensure that we maintained control and security during the installation. They achieved all of that during COVID-19, when we had even more restrictions in place, which was very impressive.”

Supervisor Knott, who also serves as chair of the county Public Works Committee, worked closely with Columbia

County Sheriff David Bartlett on the implementation of the project.

“I’m really excited by the more efficient energy systems we’ve installed at the county correctional facility,” said Sheriff Bartlett. “We worked hard with Supervisor Knott, our county facilities staff and our contractors on getting this job completed, despite the difficulties presented by the COVID pandemic. As a sportsman and conseJVationist, I feel strongly  that we must  reduce  our energy  usage to help protect  our  environment. And saving money for taxpayers is just as important to me, so this project is a real winner."

Following  completion   of  the  project,  said  Supervisor  Knott,  "Centrica  Business Solutions   monitored the performance of the equipment for a period  of time to make sure we were  achieving the projected savings and efficiencies. The results are coming through."

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