Vernon enters contract for further energy savings
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., May. 24, 2013
The town of Vernon will upgrade several buildings to more efficient lighting systems, which could save as much as $42,000 per year. The town had contracted with the Connecticut Light & Power's Small Business Energy Advantage program back in 2009, to upgrade town buildings' systems to energy-saving lighting systems. Since then, there have been energy-efficiency advancements, and CL&P contractor World Energy of Cromwell has produced lighting upgrade proposals for 13 town buildings.
The total annual savings are estimated at $42,524.01, while the cost of the improvements is $238,163 with projected CL&P rebate incentives of $86,555.48. The balance of $151,607.52 will be financed over four years with 0-percent interest, and the charge is added to the monthly electric bills, in an amount equal to the expected savings. As a result, there will be no increase in monthly charges.
Town Administrator John Ward said Department of Public Works Director Robert Kleinhans investigated the program. The findings were that the contract was similar to the one from four years ago. “They did a survey of the buildings, and they have a list of improvements for each building,” Ward said.
According to information from World Energy's website, energy efficiency initiatives can drive down energy consumption at facilities by 10 to 40 percent, reducing energy-related costs and increasing operational benefits.
The buildings to receive upgrades include the Vernon Senior Center, Town Hall Annex, the police department, all five fire stations and Center 375, among others. The cost of the upgrades at Center 375 are the highest, at more than $29,000, but will produce savings of $7,662 per year. The lowest-cost building to upgrade is Fire Co. #3, at $2,554, with a savings of $1,071 annually.
“There will be no net cost to this, and we will get permanent savings,” Ward said. “The average return of investment is 3.5 years.”
The council voted unanimously for the program at its meeting on May 21.