Nevada County has been spending about $1-Million a year on energy costs. Rather than send checks to the utility company the county has come up with a plan to go solar where possible, and replace building automation systems that run heating and air conditioning that are over 20 years old to cut those energy costs to zero. Chief Information Officer Steve Monighan presented the five resolutions authorizing the agreements to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. The County is working with Climatec LLC and Sunpower Corporation Systems, respectively, for energy conservation and solar energy generation at various Nevada County facilities that currently draw a huge amount of energy.
The county will also invest in building automation systems that will regulate Heating and Air conditioning more effectively and replace lights with LED bulbs that can last up to 15 years of use. Solar will also be installed at 4 separate buildings, in the parking lots of the Lake Wildwood Waste-water treatment facility, the Eric Rood Administrative Center and at the County jail. Solar will also go on Juvenile Hall.
The county will also execute a contract with KNN Finance LLC for financial advisory services to finance the project with issuance of Clean REnewable Energy Bonds over a period of 20 years.