Buildings in the US consume approximately 40% of the country’s energy. In commercial buildings, an estimated 30% of that energy is wasted. We have an opportunity, through targeted policies and smart programs, to reduce Broomfield’s energy consumption, while saving energy, cutting air pollution, creating green jobs, and improving indoor air quality.
Broomfield’s energy goals are stair-stepped to achieve the following GHG emissions reductions over time:
- 26% reduction from baseline by 2025
- 50% reduction from baseline by 2030
- 90% reduction from baseline by 2050
Ongoing City and County of Broomfield Energy Projects:
- On-site solar for 9 municipal buildings
- Solar-powered park lights
- Solar-powered park irrigation
- Anaerobic energy use in water treatment plan
- Energy Performance Contract to receive an investment-grade audit of all municipal facilities, followed by a prioritized set of recommendations for energy efficiency retrofits, plus estimated GHG impacts
- Access utility incentives for municipal energy efficiency upgrades
- Working with utilities to access incentives for energy efficiency upgrades for low-income families
In an effort to use renewable energy and reduce energy costs over the long term, Broomfield’s Capital Improvement Projects division has implemented nine solar power installations.
Solar panels were installed at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library, the City and County Building, and the Great Western Reservoir Reuse Water Treatment Plant in 2010. Installations at the Police and Combined Courts Facility, the Paul Derda Recreation Center, and the Norman Smith Service Center took place in 2008. The most recent installations were at the Wastewater Treatment Facility, the Police Training and Detention Facility, and the Willow Run Sewer Lift Station.
Broomfield allows the solar power generating equipment to be installed on its facilities and buys the electricity generated from the providers. Agreements with the providers guarantee no future cost increases over the term. Based on the historical data, it is presumed that costs with the more traditional providers would continue to escalate in the future and surpass the solar rate in the first ten years of the agreements. This can potentially generate considerable savings for Broomfield. The table below details the sites using solar power to date.