County plans energy savings for Rood Center, jail |

County plans energy savings for Rood Center, jail

Saving $1 million in energy costs is the idea behind Nevada County’s plan to retrofit the Rood Center and adjacent Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a California Energy Commission loan for almost $1.5 million for the project.

Another $350,000 in grant funds are expected soon to help pay for new lighting, along with new heating and air conditioning units.

“It’s a good green project,” said Chief Information Officer Steve Monaghan.

The energy savings are projected to be $2.7 million over 15 years.

Minus the $1.7 million in loan payments and interest, “We’re expecting to see $1 million in net savings over 15 years,” with the new equipment, Monaghan said. “The utility savings will pay the loan off.”

The project cost of $1,840,000 is also anticipated to be around $50,000 less with Pacific Gas and Electric rebates given for the energy-saving upgrades, Monaghan said.

The project was spurred by an energy audit done by the state commission in 2007. The agency recommended the exact improvements the county is now planning.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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