Last week we spent time in beautiful Lake Tahoe, and visited the Granlibakken conference center and resort, the showcase project for public sector partner Placer County in California.
The project was special for a few reasons (besides being a top destination for events, weddings and lodging in the Sierra Nevada region).Granlibakken was the first project to be financed through mPower Placer, which uses a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) model.
These funds allowed Granlibakken to pursue a number of innovative energy efficiency retrofits, including:
- Replacing two obsolete boilers with two high-efficiency natural gas boilers
- Air conditioning upgrades
- A building automation system
- Kitchen upgrades, including the replacement of four obsolete refrigeration systems
The program was launched in 2010 and provides education and information to private property owners regarding energy efficiency. mPOWER Placer also works with schools and other municipal building owners to facilitate the installation of energy efficiency improvements using local municipal financial resources.
In total, the upgrades at the 14,680 square-foot Granlibakken center have resulted in an estimated cost savings of $44,000 per year, and 43 percent energy savings.
Read our press release and local media coverage here.