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Washtenaw County Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program

Washtenaw Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Award

Based on a formula allocation, Washtenaw County will receive $766,690 in EECBG grant funds to advance energy efficiency and conservation in our community.  These funds are awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy who administers this program.

Updates

County Facility Retrofits

  • All lower level parking structure lights at the County Courthouse in Ann Arbor have been converted to LED technology.

  • All parking lot and pedestrian sidewalk lights at the Western Service Center have been converted to LED technology.

  • Pedestrian sidewalk lighting at the Juvenile Detention Center has been converted to LED technology.
  •  A vendor has been selected to install solar hot water systems at the Washtenaw County Courthouse, Jail, Juvenile Detention Center, and County Administration Building.  The vendor and supplier will train local laborers on the systems to ensure performance and warranty provisions can be achieved.  It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of summer.

Total estimated budget: $269,000

EECBG Activites

Revolving Loan Fund

Applications for the EECBG-funded RLF program have been received from the City of Saline to install a solar photovoltaic system on the Saline City Hall and from the Washtenaw County Road Commission to install more efficient lighting at their four yards. A loan agreement with these agencies is in process and it is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of 2011. 

Total estimated budget: $222,000

Solar Energy Demonstration Project

A vendor has been selected and is working through the final engineering and design details to install a 10 KWh solar photovoltaic system on the roof of 200 N. Main in downtown Ann Arbor.  The project will also involve an educational component, likely to be installed in the lobby of the building, that will provide information on the system above, and its impact, as an educational tool to support the expansion of solar technology in Washtenaw County.

Total estimated budget:  $120,000

Energy Policy

A county energy policy is being developed currently for consideration by the Board of Commissioners by the end of 2011.  It is anticipated that this process will culminate with the presentation of defined, measurable areas in which the County will reduce its consumption of energy and improve the environmental impact of County operations.  The policy will also include County commitment to measure and report the progress on such goals to hold the organization to a high standard of accountability and transparency.

 Total estimated budget:  $40,400

Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office Loan

The Economic Development and Energy Department was awarded $269,142 to support energy efficiency improvements in the County.  Specifically, improvements will be made to lighting at various Washtenaw County Road Commission facilities and owned street lights, as well as the installation of energy efficient pumps at public pool facilities located at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center and Rolling Hills Park.  This collaboration between the Economic Development and Energy Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and Washtenaw County Road Commission will save energy and operational costs for the forseeable future.  It is anticipated that this work will be completed by September 30, 2011.

Technical Assistance

A portion of the award has been used to partner with the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office which will provide technical assistance to Washtenaw County in undertaking energy efficiency activities and supporting capacity to undertake such work throughout SE Michigan. 

Total budget:  $76,690

For more information on EECBG activities contact Brett Lenart at lenartb@ewashtenaw.org or (734) 222-3860.

 

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