Approximately $10,400 in energy costs is saved every year at Maricopa County, Buckeye, Arizona through its green building built from the subsidy of the US government.
Using the financial aid that amounts to $540,000 by virtue of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the green building has been materialized and now generates 25% of its annual energy needs.
The Act, enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009, provides jobs and promotes investments during the recession in late 2000s.
On Wednesday, the US Senate voted 20-8 to reauthorize the expenditure of about $450 million under the Act.
The The White Tank Library has earned the LEED platinum status, the highest rating given by the US Green Building Council for its adoption of sustainability design and features. It has an 85-kilowatt solar panel system on its roof.
According to Carolyn Berndt, principal associate for infrastructure and sustainability with the National League of Cities, the green building has benefited from Maricopa County’s membership in a national program that pools investments from local governments.
In return, investors gain from the environmentally friendly initiative.
Prior to this trend dubbed as stimulus grants, local governments already engaged in solar project investments, Berndt continued, only that the initiative has gone viral at present as green buildings began sprouting in the country.
Berndt said she expected to see more solar projects all over Arizona and across the country before the stimulus grants end by 2012.
Mick Dalrymple, project manager for Arizona State University’s Energize Phoenix, which is also funded by the stimulus grants, said most governments focus first on the installation of dolar panels as it is the last step in building an energy efficient infrastructure.
Dalrymple added that putting up solar panels for an already efficient green building warrants sure return of investments for the government.
Although there is an eventual end to the stimulus grants, Jonce Walker, sustainability manager of Maricopa County, assured of a continued flow of investment for renewable energy.