Government helps Ohio county with energy-efficiency upgrades

October 11, 2011

The Licking County, Ohio commissioners recently completed a loan agreement that will secure the local government more than $4.7 million to update several buildings in the area, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Construction on the buildings will begin in a few weeks, as upgrades will be applied to 12 structures in the county. Other regions in the state have also received approval.

"In today’s economy, there are not a lot of places left to cut," Brad Lutz, administrator for Pickaway County, told the Dispatch. "To be able to save a significant amount of money and extend the life expectancy of our county buildings really is a best-case scenario."

The federal funding came from the Qualified Energy Conservation Bond program, according to the news source.

Federal programs help organizations across the U.S. by helping to retrofit buildings in a more sustainable manner. The Department of Energy (DOE) has sponsored an initiative to help design and develop energy efficient buildings and technology.

The DOE program, the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC), serves as a living laboratory for developing technology at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.