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County Facilities Undergo Lighting Upgrades

A local contractor installs lighting at Bowdoin Park in Poughkeepsie as part of the county's upgrade of lighting in county buildings made available through a grant.
A local contractor installs lighting at Bowdoin Park in Poughkeepsie as part of the county's upgrade of lighting in county buildings made available through a grant. Photo Credit: Dutchess County Government

SOUTHWEST DUTCHESS, N.Y. -- Energy efficient lighting upgrades at 10 county buildings are expected to save taxpayers more than $57,000 a year in lighting costs.

Several county owned buildings are undergoing retrofits with new LED lamps, ballasts, and fixtures, replacing inefficient and outdated fluorescent technologies, all at no cost to the county. The project is part of a lighting incentive program offered by Central Hudson in partnership with Greenleaf Energy Solutions.

County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, “Dutchess County is proud to partner with Central Hudson and Greenleaf Energy Solutions to reduce our energy consumption and cut costs for our taxpayers. This project will provide our employees with a safer and brighter environment to conduct county business. We look forward to expanding this initiative in other facilities and buildings throughout Dutchess County.”

The incentive, allows municipal and county governments to apply for funding that covers 100 percent of lighting upgrades in office buildings and facilities.

The savings will be reflected in the 2016 proposed budget, as part of an overall reduction in electric costs totaling more than $190,000 compared to the current year.

To learn more about the Central Hudson lighting program for local governmental facilities, click here .

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