This project involved making improvements to all buildings operated and maintained by the City of Hazelwood in order to make them more energy efficient. City officials were able to arrange funding through several revenue sources. One of them as an Energize Missouri Communities grant for $97,889, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the City was eligible for $54,500 in utility rebates provided through programs with Ameren Missouri and Laclede Gas.
CTS claims the project essentially funds itself, while providing a positive cash flow back to the City for use on other programs. Long-term performance and savings are guaranteed as the contractor (CTS) assumes the risk. If the energy savings do not materialize, the City does not take the hit financially.
“The City of Hazelwood takes its responsibility to preserve our environment seriously by initiating effective sustainable policies that lower energy usage and reduce its carbon footprint,” said Hazelwood communications coordinator Tim Davidson. “The fact that we’re saving money and creating 12-15 full-time jobs for people in the process indicates that our City officials are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
According to Ellie Blankenship with CTS, “Hazelwood has become a model for its residents and other cities in the region with its efforts to create a healthier, safer, and more comfortable environment.”