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New energy efficient cooling system could save $138,000 annually
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New energy efficient cooling system could save $138,000 annually

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 21, 2011) – A new energy efficient chiller connected to the Manatee County Historic Courthouse is expected to save Manatee taxpayers an estimated $138,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs.

Work crews recently completed the chiller project that connects the highly energy efficient chillers at the Manatee County Judicial Center with the Manatee County Historic Courthouse. Last weekend crews removed two 120-ton, 42-year-old chillers and cooling towers on the roof of the Historic Court House.

The $1.5 million project was funded entirely by the Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, administered by the United States Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grant was dedicated for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions and that improve energy efficiency.

“This is going to be a tremendous savings to the County over the long haul, and zero local tax dollars were spend on this,” said Commission Chairman Carol Whitmore. “And it’s a great improvement for the environment, so this is truly a win-win situation.”

“County staff has done an exemplary job in securing and executing this grant project.  Our mutual commitment to save taxpayer dollars and reduce our environmental impact has been achieved thanks to all involved,” says, R.B. “Chips” Shore, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, whose offices are located in the Historic Court House.

County officials estimate the new chiller savings will save 240,000 kilowatts per year and will reduce the county’s carbon emissions by 172 metric tons a year. The new chiller is expected to reduce annual operating expenses at the courthouse to approximately $2.10 per square foot or $59,000 a year.

Additional annual savings include $30,000 in annual contract maintenance costs; $32,000 in reduced man hour costs; and $17,000 in reduced work orders.

The Manatee County Historic Courthouse was built in 1912. Its original air conditioning system was installed in 1967 and the cooling towers that were removed as part of this project had been installed in 1989. The Manatee County Judicial Center opened adjacent to the Historic Courthouse in 2008.

For more information on the chiller project, call (941) 745-3771. For more information on Manatee County Government's environmentally friendly projects, visit Manatee County Green Team's website.

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