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Adopt-A-Watt Helps Public Buildings with Energy Conservation

May 13, 2014 | 0 comments

A new and innovative way to finance energy-efficiency upgrades is now available for public institutions that don’t have the funds available to implement energy conservation measures.

The National Adopt-A-Watt Program (NAAWP), established in November 2012, matches up sponsors to pay for energy-efficiency upgrades in return for prominent “acknowledgement” signs that recognize their concern for the environment. (It functions essentially like the Adopt-a-Highway program, where organizations pledge to clean a stretch of road and receive promotional signage in return.) At no cost to taxpayers, NAAWP allows public agencies to receive energy-efficient lighting systems, alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure, solar PV arrays, and solar PV lights.

Program sponsors also participate in the Adopt-A-Watt CouPons internet marketing program, which encourages local area consumers to do business with local area merchants involved in Adopt-A-Watt projects.

Thanks to Adopt-a-Watt, the following energy-efficiency projects have been completed so far for host sites:

  • Energy-efficient parking lot lighting that will reduce electricity usage by 60% for the Riverside Municipal Airport in Riverside, CA
  • Energy-efficient lighting for the Temecula Valley Unified School District in Temecula, CA, which will generate almost $300 in annual operating cost savings per fixture
  • Electric vehicle charging stations and energy-efficient lighting upgrades in Dearborn, MI, parking garages, which will save the city approximately $300,000 and 612,512 kWh of electricity usage in the next decade
  • High-efficiency lights and an electric vehicle charging station for the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, MI, which will save $176,000 in operating costs over the next 10 years
  • High-efficiency lighting upgrades and electric vehicle charging stations for municipal facilities in the City of Royal Oak, MI, which will generate $130,000 in operating cost savings

In many of these instances, energy savings will be used as seed money for public institutions to pursue other green infrastructure projects – much the way green revolving loan funds work. For example, the City of Dearborn plans to use savings from its lighting upgrades to fund more EV charging stations and solar PV systems. The Temecula Valley Unified School District is considering several energy conservation measures that can be implemented from its energy savings: large-scale rooftop solar, geothermal, and painting roofs white, etc.

Would you consider being an Adopt-A-Watt sponsor or host? Why or why not?

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