Recovery Act funds allow county to carry out lighting upgrade project

2010-06-16T22:36:00Z Recovery Act funds allow county to carry out lighting upgrade projectGazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
June 16, 2010 10:36 pm  • 

Benton County will receive more than $100,000 in federal funds to upgrade lighting at county government buildings.

The money will be used to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting and add occupancy sensors in the Benton County Courthouse, jail and health department buildings.

The county will receive $53,260 for use in the health department building; $19,970 for the jail and $32,500 for the courthouse.

All the projects are funded by stimulus dollars via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and awarded through the state energy program. The upgrades are expected to save about $18,352 a year in energy costs.

M & W Electric of Albany won the bid to do the work on the projects. The funds are designated for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in public buildings. The U.S. Department of Energy administers the funds, approves the projects and reviews the state's progress.

"These are very worthwhile projects for the people in Benton County and should improve greatly the efficiency of our lighting systems," Roger Irvin, the director of Benton County Public Works.

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