FITCHBURG — Local natural gas and electricity provider Unitil recently partnered with the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority to make energy efficient improvements at Putnam Place.
Located at 166 Boulder Drive in Fitchburg, the 300,000 square foot commercial and manufacturing space had 300 light fixtures converted to LEDs along with new lighting controls. In addition, variable frequency drives were installed for water and heating systems.
“This project not only is good for the environment by saving over 113,000 kWh of electricity annually, but makes for a brighter and more comfortable work space for our tenants,” said Meagen Donoghue, executive director for Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority in a news release.
Approximately $52,000 of the project received energy efficiency rebates.
“These type of initiatives are a win-win, not only by reducing the facility’s carbon footprint but also by significantly shortens the payback period for the businesses because of the rebates,” Alec O’Meara, media relations manager for Unitil, said. “This is quite a savings in electricity, it is the equivalent to what over 15 homes would use on an annual basis.”
Unitil vendor AECOM conducted the audit and managed the lighting project. “It was a seamless process for the Fitchburg Redevelopment Authority since we managed the audit and oversaw the installation of the new equipment,” Casey Sheehey, title here for AECOM. Small businesses interested in learning more about an energy audit are encouraged to contact Unitil.