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Posted on: November 14, 2016

Mayor Tony T. Yarber Announces Phase I of LED Retrofit Project

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Mayor Tony T. Yarber on Monday, Nov. 14, announced Phase I of a project designed to save tax dollars through energy efficiency. The LED Jackson project will provide better lighting in City buildings and on some City streets, while saving costs of energy, operation and maintenance. This is the first time the City has launched an LED project of this scale.

A cornerstone of the LED Jackson – Phase 1 project is sustainability. Triple Bottom Line (3BL) is an accountability framework representing the three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.

“Economic benefits will come through the utilization of local vendors, contractors and subcontractors.  Environmental benefits are delivered through reduction in energy consumption, which in turn shrinks the City’s carbon footprint, thereby enhancing sustainability,” said Mayor Tony T. Yarber.  “It is the City’s intent to use this framework as a way to measure the effectiveness of this project.”

The project was developed with Johnson Controls. The City has received a loan from the Mississippi Development Authority to cover the costs. Repayment of the loan will derive from the savings. In addition, the City has applied for rebate refunds through Entergy Solutions. The project has qualified for the program and can receive rebates up to $50,000, which will be applied to the loan repayment.

The retrofit will occur in city-owned buildings and along streets near City Hall.  The buildings are Fire Department Headquarters and Fire Station #1, the Warren Hood Building, Sykes Community Center, Westside Center, Grove Park Community Center and Champion Center. The project is scheduled to be finished by Dec. 15, 2016.

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