By Austin Business Journal

The Palmer Events Center is switching $105,961 worth in lighting for high-efficiency versions meant to save about 70,417 kilowatt-hours of electricity and $21,501 in energy costs a year.

The city is paying for the project through a $7.5 million federal stimulus-funded grant awarded to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. Palmer is one of seven municipal buildings undergoing lighting retrofits in the next few weeks. Combined the projects are estimated to save about 576,937 kilowatt-hours, or the equivalent of powering almost 50 homes year round.

The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, Police Station No. 33 and the Austin Public Library warehouse are among others getting the upgrade.

Austin Energy, which manages the energy efficiency of municipal buildings, is working with city departments on these projects and others. The work is expected to generate about 100 green collar jobs and also reduce carbon and other emissions.

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