Last November, the Montgomery County Legislature voted to move forward with a comprehensive energy conservation project, proposed by SmartWatt Energy Account Executive, Greg Royer. Now, with financing officially secured, the county has taken the next step to make this project a reality.
This massive project includes a number of county-owned buildings, specifically the county's Building and Grounds Workshop, Old Courthouse, New County Courthouse, as well as the county's office, annex, public safety and public works buildings. Set to begin this Fall, the construction will include upgrades to outdated lighting fixtures and replacement of windows, boilers and other heating and ventilation components. Montgomery has approved funding to cover the $2.5 million project scope, offset by a $134,000 utility grant. In addition, with predicted savings on electricity, gas and water costs, the installed upgrades are predicted to shave off over $190,000 from the county's $950,000 annual energy bill.