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Carbon officials to undertake energy conservation project

Published July 09. 2010 05:00PM

Carbon County will be completing a lighting retrofit project at three of its buildings to help conserve energy.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to approve a proposal submitted by GreenPointe. Energy of Allentown, the company the county hired last year to execute the electricity auction it held in January, for a comprehensive professional services plan to manage the lighting retrofit project at the 76 Susquehanna St. building; Carbon County Courthouse; and Carbon County Courthouse Annex.

The total cost of the project will be $5,260.

Commissioner Charles Getz explained the lighting project is to replace light bulbs and things of that nature to save on energy and money.

He noted that pay back rates for each of the three buildings is between 1.4 and 5.5 years. After that, the changes will pay for themselves.

Getz also said the county received a $46,667 grant to complete projects like this. Carbon County has to provide a matching grant of $56,667.

In other matters, the county opened bids for a roofing project at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill.

Home Solutions Partners Inc. of Palmerton submitted the low bid of $39,979. Other bids include: Alan Kunsman Roofing and Siding Inc. of Freemansburg, $40,650; Hutchison Construction LLC of Hazleton, $44,188; Banes Roofing Inc. of Telford, $44,495; and KLA Roofing and Construction, Everett, $56,008.

The bids will now be reviewed by officials and a contract will either be awarded or the bids rejected at next Thursday's commissioners' meeting.

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