The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants of $5,051,200 were brought to Albuquerque through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program is meant to reduce fossil fuel emissions, decrease overall energy consumption, and improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other energy consuming sectors of the economies of eligible entities.
- The City Proposed and completed 3 project that included: Solar and Parking facilities (Photovoltaic Carport installation costing $2,750,000;
- Installing in City facilities the Thin Film Solar Panels costing $750,000:
- Installing on City building the Cool Roof Installation of $1,551,456.
This funding created 55 new green jobs.
The Albuquerque Energy Council assisted in the recommendations targeting these energy conservation projects.
The Solar Parking Facilities updated their current parking facilities with a net meter solar panels to enable charging electric vehicles and reduce the cost of the electric use on the current city buildings. The City installed twenty-five 10kWdc photovoltaic solar (PV) systems designed to charge Plug-in-Hybrid vehicles (PHEV); 5 systems will be installed at city owned multi-level parking structures and 20 systems will be installed at city owned ground level parking areas adjacent municipal facilities.
The City of Albuquerque set a goal to install 200 Kilowatts of Photovoltaic Solar Panels on parking facilities within 36 months of the EECBG grant award. This project applies $2.75 million in Recovery dollars to Albuquerque’s economy.
The Thin Film Photovoltaic (PV) Systems are proposed for facilities but they have not announced which facilities received the upgrades. The film PV system is much lighter and can used on flat rooftops that will produce electricity if a shade covers them.
The City of Albuquerque set a goal to install 10,000 square feet of Solar Photovoltaic Thin Film Solar Panels (160kW) on City facilities with TPO roof systems.
The City of Albuquerque set a goal to install 125,000 square feet of cool roofing within 36 months of EECBG grant award. This project applies $1.5 million in recovery toward Albuquerque’s economy. The program and project were reviewed by the Department of Energy.
According to the EPA installation of 125,000 square feet of CR systems should reduce building cooling cost, during the summer, by approximately 10%, or 359,200 kWh reduce CO2 emissions by 162 metric tons annually. www.cabq.gov