Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Putnam County Tries For Energy Efficiency

Putnam County executive Kim Blaylock is hoping to use block grant monies to pay for part of an effort to retrofit and upgrade the lighting in county buildings to make them more energy efficient. Lights in the old courthouse, the library, the juvenile detention center and the justice center would be replaced, and the fire alarm system at the justice center would also receive an update. But the upgrade doesn't come without cost -- estimated to be $965,141. Blaylock says grant money will pay for part of that and the rest will come from the capital projects fund ... or it will be borrowed from the Local Government Energy Loan program. Once the project is complete, Putnam County is expected to save about $75,000 a year in energy costs, meaning it will take about thirteen years to pay for itself. And proponents say the newer equipment will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, taking 2.7 million pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere. The full county commission will vote on the proposal next Monday.