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Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  November 11, 2020

Minnesota town completes $2.5M energy efficiency project

The City of Virginia, Minn., announced Nov. 10 that it completed a citywide energy efficiency project financed by a $2.5 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) that will guarantee energy cost savings and reduce municipal energy consumption by approximately 21%.

The city partnered with Ameresco on this project, which completed the installations and upgrades across 12 city buildings. These upgrades included projects like LED lighting installation in city facilities and street lighting, building envelope improvements, mechanical insulation, HVAC upgrades and building automation system upgrades.

“Our community is thrilled to have completed measures at city buildings to reduce energy consumption,” Mayor Larry Cuffe said in a statement. “In addition to the sustainability benefits of this project, the substantial cost savings that we can expect as a result of reduced energy consumption and lowered operational and maintenance costs, we will be able to utilize those funds to make investments in other areas of our community.”

It is estimated that these upgrades will offset nearly 819 metric tons of CO2 per year. Construction began in January and was completed in September.

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