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St. Petersburg Completes Extensive Energy Savings Measures

Wednesday, May 30, 2012   (0 Comments)
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CONTACT: Bryan Eichler, Engineering/Capital Improvements, 727-893-7197

ST. PETERSBURG COMPLETES EXTENSIVE ENERGY SAVING MEASURES -- Coliseum Site of Solar Water Systems Dedication May 29

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (May 29, 2012) - New solar panels for water heater systems at the Coliseum and City Hall are just one component of a two-year Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) from the U.S. Department of Energy used to implement energy savings measures at several city facilities. Projects include new energy efficient HVAC systems, chiller plant replacement, solar water heater systems, lighting retrofits with energy efficient fixtures and others.

Funds for the series of energy savings projects completed in St. Petersburg are administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. The EECBG program is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County officials, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy and local contractors gathered this morningfor a ribbon cutting celebration at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N., on Tuesday, May 29, at 10 a.m. The Coliseum is one of 21 city facilities outfitted with energy saving solar water heater systems since the $2.38 million project began in January 2010.

Over the past two years, the city has partnered with more than 25 local contractors, small businesses, not for profit organizations and professional consultants to conduct the various projects. The projects range from the installation of energy efficient induction lighting at two city garages, numerous streets and parking lots retrofitted with cobra head lights to the purchase of seven electric E-Z GO utility vehicles for city parks.

Other projects include a nitrogen generation system for Fleet Maintenance; cool roof coating of the Sunken Gardens main building; new and more energy efficient air conditioning systems at Child's Park, Gladden and Lake Vista recreation centers; replacement of the chiller plant and HVAC at Main Library; electrical upgrades at the Dwight Jones Neighborhood Center; installation of solar water heaters at 21 city facilities including four Water Resources reclamation facilities, City Hall, Sunshine Center, Coliseum, Mangrove Bay and Twin Brooks golf courses, and four fire stations; retrofit of 300 pedestrian pathway bollard lights for the downtown area; and funding provided to not for profit organizations like Florida Craftsmen, Goodwill, St. Petersburg Free Clinic, CASA Community Preschool and Catholic Charities to establish their own energy efficient measures.

Some of the contractors and vendors involved in these projects include P&L Electric, H&D Electrical Supply, Tri-City Electric, Myers Tire Supply, Graybar, Envirolight, Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Air Mechanical & Service Corporation, GLS Construction Services, Allied Roofing, Patriot Construction Company, Solar Source, Air Ideal and Eveland Brothers Construction.

The solar water heater project, like the one demonstrated here today, represent to the city an overall annual savings of roughly $22,117 or 505 KW every time hot water is used at any of these facilities.

In addition, Progress Energy of Florida contributed their services and expertise for "Energy Audits" to 26 not for profit agencies and assisted with the recommendations for various energy saving retrofits.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster commented, "Even though many of these projects are not readily visible to the public, they are a good investment and will resonate in our community for a long time. We're pleased that our Engineering and Capital Improvements staff was able to involve a variety of local businesses to conduct the retrofitting, replacement and installation of these extensive energy saving measures."

The city departments that participated in the implementation of these projects include Engineering and Capital Improvements, Downtown Enterprises Facilities, Parks and Recreation, Fleet Maintenance and Libraries.

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