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Appalachian receives $120,000 state energy grant

BOONE—Appalachian State University has received $120,000 to help improve energy efficiency on campus.

The grant was awarded by N.C. Gov. Mike Easley through the state’s Energy Efficiency Fund and is part of more than $5 million awarded to state agencies, universities and community colleges.

Appalachian will use the funds to convert outdated lighting at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center with energy efficient lighting. The $15,000 project is expected to save $21,000 a year in energy costs.

Energy efficient lighting also will be installed in Edwin Duncan Hall. The university will match $15,000 awarded from the state for the project, which is expected to save $13,000 annually.

A total of $90,000 was awarded to improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and the hood exhaust system in the Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy Building. It has yet to be determined how much energy the improvements will save, but the building is the highest energy user per square foot on campus, according to Michael O’Connor, director of the university’s physical plant.

The $5 million being spent on 58 projects across the state are expected to save about $3.2 million a year in utility costs.

‘”These are effective and creative energy-saving initiatives that can quickly be put into place and just as quickly reap rewards,” Easley said. “These projects provide substantial savings that will help control the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on energy and help make sure we are not squandering natural resources.'”