Muskegon County Gets New High-Tech Heating System

Muskegon County will take the wraps off a new, energy efficient heating system in a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

Muskegon County commissioners, the county administrator, representatives from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Bureau of Energy Systems and Honeywell Building Solutions will attend a brief ribbon cutting ceremony in the Muskegon County Hall of Justice.

The new heating system is part of an innovative $7 million dollar multi-year performance contract between the county and Honeywell Building Solutions to reduce energy costs through a series of conservation improvements in Muskegon County facilities.

These energy conservation steps have been funded through a $537,945 grant from the state’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and a county bond issue, financed through the cost savings achieved by the project.

“If the projected energy cost savings aren’t achieved, under the performance contract, Honeywell guarantees to make up the difference,” said county administrator Bonnie Hammersley. “Muskegon County is getting a state-of-the-art energy conservation makeover at no risk or cost to the taxpayers. It is a true win-win situation.”

The county program is meant to be an educational resource for all Muskegon County businesses and residences, modeling energy conservation measures that anyone can take.

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