URA to reduce energy consumption by 80 percent in SouthSide Works garages
The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is partnering with Green Building Alliance (GBA) to allocate approximately $1 million for lighting upgrades at the five URA parking garages, located at SouthSide Works and the Pittsburgh Technology Center.
With the conversion to LED, an 80 percent reduction in kilowatt hours (2.1 million kilowatt hours) is projected, while enhancing lighting quality. In addition, the projected annual energy cost savings is $171,000 (two-thirds of the current annual cost) with annual maintenance cost savings of $23,000.
The annual savings of 2.1 million kilowatt hours is the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 200 Pittsburgh households. Based on these projections, the URA’s approximate $1 million investment would be recouped in about five years.
“This is a smart investment that will be protecting taxpayer dollars -- and our planet -- for years to come,” Mayor William Peduto said.
To advance the Administration’s efforts to bring energy efficiency to city public facilities, GBA worked with the URA and Mayor’s Office to apply for a Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grant for capital improvements. Late last year, GBA was awarded the $469,892 PEDA grant. The URA will subcontract with the GBA for $165,921 of the funds for lighting conversion.
“The lighting upgrade investment will significantly advance building performance at these parking structures and push them toward the Pittsburgh 2030 District’s goals for 50 percent reductions in energy consumption by the year 2030,” said Anna J. Siefken, Pittsburgh 2030 district director at Green Building Alliance. “The URA’s efforts demonstrate the triple-bottom line benefits generated for our region through investments in energy efficiency.”