City completes energy projects

The city of Grand Junction has completed energy-efficiency projects at 18 of its buildings and parks.

Grants paid for most of the $2 million project. The city hopes to cut energy consumption by 20 percent by 2012 with the help of this project and others, City Manager Laurie Kadrich said.

“There are other projects under way, so it’s not like this is the end,” Kadrich said.

Upcoming projects include placing solar panels on the Persigo Wastewater Plant, according to City Facilities, Utility and Street Systems Director Greg Trainor.

He said he expects more efficiency projects in the future, and projects this year are the “tip of the iceberg.”

The completed projects involved retrofitting lights with timers, sealing cracks, installing high-efficiency boilers, low-flow faucet fixtures, photovoltaic lights, electric water-cooler timers and programmable thermostats.

City Hall, Two Rivers Convention Center, the Visitors Center, Canyon View Park’s maintenance building, Tiara Rado Golf Course’s clubhouse and maintenance building, fire stations 3 through 5, the recycling center, service center, the field engineering lab/office, the facilities office, engineering lab, and transportation engineering building all received energy upgrades.


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