New projects could save county big $$ |

New projects could save county big $$

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 money is expected soon to help pay for new lighting, heating and air conditioning.

“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 total project cost of $1.84 million also is 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 (530) 477-4237.

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