Better Energy Grant Projects

Block Grants
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the City of Apple Valley was allocated $441,500 for its share of the block grants. The city submitted an application for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program on June 25, 2009. On September 14, 2009, the city was awarded the grant funding.

The funded projects were based on formal energy audits conducted at the police facility, the Central Maintenance Facility, and the Water Treatment Plant in 2009, and basic lighting audits conducted at the three fire stations. Using the expertise of the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), staff targeted improvements that would provide the most benefit and return on investment for the city. The grant application also included $110,576 in additional funds that would be leveraged for the projects from ISD 196 and Dakota Electric rebates, raising the total project cost to $552,076.

Plan Summary
In summary, the plan included: $5,100 for the assistance from the CEE in developing the plan; $104,603 to retrofit lighting in the three fire stations, Liquor Store #1, the police facility, the Central Maintenance Facility, and the Water Treatment Plant; $166,900 for building automation systems and HVAC improvements to the police facility, the Central Maintenance Facility, and Water Treatment Plant; $155,000 to upgrade and replace the boilers in the Sports Arena; $15,000 for an LED streetlight study project; $20,000 for the study and engineering of the Centrail Maintenance Facility HVAC improvements; $35,473 for additional administrative (engineering and legal) costs in further analysis and administration of the grant; and $50,000 to use in conjunction with our community-wide energy efficiency effort that provides direct support to residents through a revolving loan fund.

The application includes $110,576 in leveraged funds. Of this, $77,500 is from ISD 196 for the boiler replacement project. The remaining $33,076 is from anticipated rebates. The projects were underway in the spring and summer of 2010, with results expected to be available in utility bills in late summer or early fall.