Canadian Mounties Tap Solar Power

October 22, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Thirty-five facilities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan, Canada will soon undergo extensive energy efficiency upgrades by Vestar, an affiliate of Cinergy Corporation, that will result in savings of more than CAD$724,000 annually to the RCMP. Vestar, an energy solutions company with offices in the U.S. and Canada, will implement the improvements beginning this month and continuing through 2005. The CAD$6.3 million plan involves solar wall installation, chiller replacement, improvements to air quality, ventilation and temperature control, lighting retrofits as well as installation of water efficient fixtures. Energy efficiency training and awareness programs to encourage energy conservation in daily activities are also proposed. According to RCMP, these efficiency measures we are not only fiscally responsible, but they will also help to ensure energy resources are available for future generations. Upon completion, the project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of 4,968 kg of CO2 equivalents per year.
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