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Many Portland municipal buildings getting upgrades to make them greener
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland City Council unanimously approved issuing over $11 million in bonds to make energy efficient upgrades to over forty city buildings and schools.

The city, like many Mainers, had a company inspect many municipal buildings and perform an energy audit to see where they could make improvements that will not only save energy, but money as well.

"This is going to be a 10% reduction in energy costs and a 30% reduction in its carbon emissions," said the city's sustainability coordinator Ian Houseal.  "It's budget neutral. The debt that is taken out to pay for this project is offset by the savings that the city is going to get every year.  So the $11 million that the city has taken out, the payment that the city is going to have to make to fund this project is going to be equal to what is saved."

The projects range from installing new energy efficient light fixtures in the city's parking garages to the replacement of several old boilers in schools and the city's Baron Center facility.

"The municipality of the city of Portland will be reducing its carbon footprint by about 30%," said city councilor Dave Marshall, the chair of the city's environmental sustainability committee.  "That is equivalent to over 900 cars off the streets of the city of Portland a year."

"Not only are we going to be able to reduce our pollution," added Marshall, "but we are also going to be able to find some great savings.  We are talking about $883,000 on an annual basis that the city will be saving."

Work on the upgrades is expected to start in the coming weeks, with a goal of having all the work done by this time next year.

 

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