Friday, January 21st, 2011

The Morris County Improvement Authority is inviting towns and school districts to meetings Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to learn about a new county-wide program in the areas of renewable and efficient energy usage, local budgetary savings and shared services.

The Energy Savings Improvement Program is designed to finance energy efficiency improvements at local government facilities throughout the county.

Freeholder Director William Chegwidden said the program would provide low cost funds to pay for energy-saving capital upgrades that have been recommended under a state energy audit program. While many local governments have participated in the audit program to determine what measures can be taken to reduce energy usage and cut operating costs, most of the suggestions have not been implemented because of the lack of funding, Chegwidden said.

“There is a real need to fund these energy efficiency projects,” Chegwidden said.
“The Improvement Authority’s program will do that, so these capital improvements can be made.”

According to Chegwidden, savings from the program will pay for the Authority debt issued to finance the improvements, and provide a direct budgetary savings to local government.

Eligible projects may range from lighting, boiler and furnace upgrades to insulation and energy efficient appliances.

School districts have been invited to attend an 8:30 a.m. information session to learn about the program on Jan. 31 at the Morris County Library, with municipal officials invited to a similar session Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the county’s Administration and Records Building.

More information on the Energy Savings Improvement Program may be obtained from Morris County Administrator John Bonanni, Improvement Authority chairman, at 973-285-6047 or [email protected].