Grant: $1,582,800 - Department of Energy - Sep. 14, 2009
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Award Description: Award is for 11 projects to be carried out by the City of Rockford IL with one to be completed by a sub recipient. Individual projects include: (1) advanced energy code conservation program (adoption of new energy code; training & outreach; plan review; building inspection; and energy compliance documentation) - retain 3.5 jobs; (2) replace approx. 350 hi pressure sodium lights in 2 parking garages with induction lighting, reducing energy use 30-40% - retaining 1.5 jobs; (3) replace 12 hi pressure sodium and/or metal halide lights in 2 municipal parking lots with new fixtures using a combination of wind & solar power,reducing energy costs by about $7,200/year - creating 1 job & retaining 3.5; (4) conduct energy audits on 2 quasi-public buildings, program retrofit project for each with the goal of conserving at least 15% if energy use - creating 5 jobs and retaining 3; (5) consolidate multiple data processing servers using server visualiztion techniques, reducing power consumption by 75% - no effect on # of jobs; (6) carry out preliminary and final design for a wind turbing pilot project on City land with the goal of providing a sustainable energy supply of 2 kW to 4 kW/unit - retaining 2 jobs and creating 4; (7) conduct a hydro power feasibility analysis for use of Fordam Dam on the Rock River, following requirements of the Federal Power Act and related regulations with the goal of generating close to 2 MW of power at this location - creating 3 jobs; (8) inventory greenhouse gas emissions in Rockford to provide a baseline from which to evaluate future progress in this area - creating 1 job; (9) introduce small-scale wind technology as a power source for street lighting in Rockford's downtown Main Street District - creating 1 job and retaining 1 job; (10) conduct a site analysis for a wind turbine blade manufacturing facility - ultimately create 200 jobs; and (11) working through IMEC as a sub recipient, continue their efforts to create a Waste-to-Profit network in Rockford connecting businesses that generate waste that another business can take and turn into a new product - retaining 15 jobs.
Project Description: Project 5 - hardware and software ordered; Project 11 - initial draft of agreement between City of Rockford and IMEC (IL Manufacturing Extension Center) prepared
Infrastructure Description: City of Rockford infrastructure projects include retrofitting lighting for municipal parking lots and garages, designing a wind turbine pilot project, determining the feasibility of using an existing dam in the Rock River to generate power, using server visualization techniques to consolidate the City's multiple servers into far fewer physical ones within its IT system, and using small-scale wind technology as a secondary power source for our downtown Main Street. We believe these projects will help facilitate both short-term energy improvements while leading us to long-term energy efficiency goals. To relate these projects to the stated purposes of ARRA for infrastructure projects, Rockford's projects will serve to (1) invest in infrastrutures that will provide long-term economic benefits, (2) stabilize the City's budget, thereby minimizing reductions in essential services, and/or (3) retain and/or create jobs. RETROFITTING LIGHTING in municpal parking lots and garages will result not only in significant energy savings, but also significant reductions in what goes into the waste stream and long-term energy costs for operation of the fixtures. For example, the new parking lot fixtures will save the City roughly $10,000/year in energy costs and reduced maintenance needs. BUILDING UPGRADES for 2 quasi-public buildings will result in at least a 15% reduction in energy use with resulting reductions in energy costs. DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION will result in reducing power consumption for this activity by 75%. The WIND TURBINE PILOT PROJECT will provide a sustainable alternative energy supply of 2kW to 4kW per unit, offsetting the City's electrical costs and also generating new employment opportunities for long-term operation of the units. Re-introducing hydropower to the community will result in similar types of savings, as will introducing small-scale wind power as a secondary power source for downtown Main Street. OVERALL, these projects will have a modest impact on the goal of retaining and/or creating jobs. We believe they will result in the retention of 11 FTE positions and creation of another 14 FTE positions.
Jobs Summary: No jobs created in this quarter. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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