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Dane County nets stimulus money for energy-efficient projects

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Energy approved more than $2.2 million in stimulus money for county energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects.

Chad Silverthorn, left, and Chris Nichols install photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of Walden III Middle and High School in Racine, Wis. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. The project, which involved no school district funding - costs were covered entirely by grants and fund-raising events, is expected to generate 17,248 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The total cost of the project is $139,960. The amount of carbon dioxide kept from the atmosphere is estimated at 20 tons per year. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

Chad Silverthorn (left) and Chris Nichols install photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of Walden III Middle and High School in Racine recently. Madison's City-County building will get similar solar panels installed thanks to $2.2 million in stimulus money. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Mark Hertzberg)

The federal dollars will pay for many projects to make older than 50-year-old county buildings more energy efficient and less costly to operate.

Work will include installing solar panels on the roof of the City-County building, purchasing energy-saving lighting and modern heating and cooling systems and replacing the City-County building’s 1956 hot water system with energy-efficient tanks.

Solar panels will also be installed on other buildings and Dane County will sell that solar-generated electricity back to local utilities, according to the press release.

2 comments

  1. Oh, goody… more taxes for stupid ideas. Gotta love it!

    * how ironic… my challenge ques was “discord here”.

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