Lowell is paving the way for new innovative ways to save money on energy. On July 18th, a press conference was held on JFK Plaza to honor the partnership the city has formed with Ameresco. Over a 20-year contract, the city will be updating 47 buildings with new energy saving technology. The annual savings will be approximately 1.5 million. City Manager Bernie Lynch said, “By using the performance contract approach with Ameresco, we were able to address several important city priorities of improving our facilities, saving money and being environmentally proactive in reducing the use of energy.”
It’s no surprise Lowell is leading the way after receiving the “Municipal Leading by Example Award” (2011) from the state. Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources, stated, “As the fourth largest City in the Commonwealth, Lowell’s commitment to energy efficiency has made a significant contribution to Massachusetts’ clean energy goals, which aims to manage rising energy costs by generating clean energy from renewable sources.”
Major renovations include City Hall, the Lowell Pollard Memorial Library and the JFK Civic Center by providing better air conditioning and new boilers. Other installations include 28 schools and 19 municipal buildings. “This is a great way for the City of Lowell to reinvest in its schools and other facilities while saving money and lessening our impact upon the environment,” said Lowell Mayor Patrick O. Murphy.
The continuing approach to achieve energy efficiency in combination with saving money and protecting the environment is something the city can take great pride in.