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Holy Cross Energy awards $300,000 in retrofit grants

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Holy Cross Energy recently announced its 2017 Think Efficiency grant winners. Holy Cross has granted $300,000 in matching funds to three local commercial entities to carry out electric efficiency projects by the end of the year.

Holy Cross received 12 requests for funds and although there were several excellent projects submitted, this grant was designed to award on a first-come, first-served basis so only the first three projects were funded.

• The Eagle County School District was given $280,000 to exchange the lighting in all of its buildings to LED lighting.

“We greatly appreciate the funding provided by the Holy Cross Energy Grant. This grant … will enable the District to expand our sustainability efforts … reduce operating costs and provide an improved educational environment for our students,” Eagle County Schools Director of Facilities Aaron Sifuentes said.

• The Avon Center Homeowners Association was awarded $7,878 to replace metal halide lighting in their parking garage with more efficient LED lighting.

“The Lodge at 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd. was looking into finding a way to modernize our underground parking garage and bring in a cleaner, brighter lighting, while conserving energy. The process went smoothly and ended with the outcome we were all hoping for,” said Brian Hejtmanek, general manager of the Lodge at 100 West Beaver Creek Blvd.

• The Town of Avon received $11,497 to upgrade its street lighting with LED lights.

“The Town of Avon is thrilled to be a recipient of the 2017 Think Efficiency Grant. This grant will go a long way in helping our street lights to become more energy efficient and to position Avon as an environmental steward and green energy leader,” Avon Town Engineer Justin Hildreth said.

All three of the projects happened to be LED lighting projects. Exchanging traditional lighting with new highly efficient LED lighting can use up to 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs. In fact, these three projects will save 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually which is equivalent to changing out 37,368 incandescent bulbs to LEDs or providing electricity for 156 homes for a year. The combined reduction in energy will save an estimated $135,000 on electric bills.

For more information on Holy Cross Energy’s efficiency initiatives, call Mary Wiener at 970-947-5432.