“The state government will continue to lead by example and invest in clean, renewable energy to protect Michigan’s clean air and water and save taxpayer dollars,” said Whitmer. “The bipartisan Revolving Fund for Energy Efficiency will help us retrofit buildings across the state to reduce energy costs, and we will continue to find ways to put the people of Michigan first as we work together to protect our Great Lakes, create well-paying clean energy jobs and strengthen our energy independence. »
“There is a lot of potential for the state government to become more energy efficient,” said DTMB Acting Director Michelle Lange. “The EERF gives us the ability to act on these opportunities without having to cut back on the funding we use to provide essential public services to the people of Michigan every day.”
The three projects include:
State Warehouse Complex Solar Panel
Build a solar panel system that will generate approximately 400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and supply 100% of the electricity needed to power the State Facilities Administration building. This is a joint project with the Lansing Board of Water and Light.
General Services Building LED and advanced lighting controls upgrade
Upgrade all lights in the general services building to LED with advanced lighting controls to optimize light usage and save energy costs. The state will partner with Consumers Energy and Graybar to participate in Graybar’s Smart Lighting Turn Key program, which streamlines conversion to LED lighting. The estimated utility discount for this project is approximately 50% of the total cost. DTMB will use 100% of the rebate funds to invest in additional LED and advanced lighting control projects. The savings will light two additional buildings through project funding.
St. Louis Correctional Facility Green Prison Initiative Energy Performance Project
Complete energy conservation measures designed to reduce energy consumption, water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and operating and maintenance costs at the St. Louis Correctional Complex. Projects include installing two 800-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panels, replacing fluorescent lighting with energy-saving LED lights, and upgrading and replacing 1,900 toilets, urinals, showerheads and faucets.
About the Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund
Whitmer proposed and signed a budget that includes a one-time allocation of $5 million to create a revolving fund that provides seed funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at state facilities. Refunds are made when savings from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are realized. The revolving fund approach allows for the continuous reinvestment of resources in new projects, establishing a long-term agenda focused on reducing the state’s carbon footprint. The Governor recently proposed expanding this fund in his budget recommendation to the executive.
Applications for EERF funding are reviewed by a panel of Michigan State administrators to ensure that funded projects will result in long-term energy savings and reduced net carbon emissions. The panel is made up of representatives from the governor’s office, the DTMB, the state budget office, and the departments of corrections, natural resources, transportation, and health and human services.