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Published June 14, 2011, 05:06 PM

New Project Makes Alerus Center Greener

A project to make the Alerus Center in Grand Forks more energy efficient is a step closer to becoming a reality. The $1.5 million project has been in the works for two years and could result in savings over the next 15 years.

A project to make the Alerus Center in Grand Forks more energy efficient is a step closer to becoming a reality.

The $1.5 million project has been in the works for two years and could result in savings over the next 15 years.

The Alerus is working with Energy Services Group to upgrade heating units, replace older equipment and add occupancy sensors.

These sensors would control air in rooms that were not being used.

Operations Director Jeremy Linstad says these updates could save the Alerus up to $800,000 over the next 15 years depending on how they finance.

"For the projects that are picked, ESG will guarantee us $13,000 per year, guaranteed energy savings that they're on the line for," Linstad said.

The Alerus will be working with the Grand Forks City Council on a financial package and will present the project to the council on Monday at 5 p.m.

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