Sherburne County recently finished work to replace two boilers in the government center building with highly efficient ones that will save the county an estimated $32,479 annually in energy costs.
The project, which began last summer, was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Minnesota Department of Commerce through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Of the total project’s $266,924 price tag, $88,532, or 33 percent of that cost, was covered under the grant.
The old boilers were original to government center building when it was constructed in 1979, and the new boilers will not need replacing for another 25–30 years, according to Sherburne County property maintenance director Kevin Anderson.
He estimates that the savings from the more efficient boilers will pay for the project in five years.