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Presented By: Karina Cardoza
   About Hidalgo County   Funding: EECBG Program   Utilization of Funds   Pct. 2 Complex   Data Tracking   Green Com...
 Located in South Texas along the U. S.-  Mexico border Population - 774,769  Seventh most-populous county in Texas Con...
 Stimulus         funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Enabled the county to begin implementa...
   Pct. 2 Multi-Purpose Center utilized approximately $822,000 to    construct a high performance energy-efficient comple...
 Goal   for this particular project was to:  • Improve the manner in which buildings in Hidalgo   County are designed, bu...
 The    Multi-Purpose Facility houses:  • Administrative offices of Pct. 2 Commissioner      Hector “Tito” Palacios  •   ...
   5 wind turbines capable of producing a total of    1,250 Kw to 2,000 Kw per month   Two solar panel trellises, expect...
 Green      Building Components Include:  • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) exterior walls  • Recycled content metal doors...
 Held   in February 2011 Localofficials “Flipped the Switch” in lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting.
 Elementary & middle school students from local schools were given a tour of facility and “green” hands-on demonstrations...
   The students heard presentations    from vendors and other green    organizations on energy    efficiency ideas for th...
 Results:  • The project created approximately 300 temporary   construction jobs over the course of the 10 month   buildi...
 Results:  • Reduced consumption of natural resources  • Minimized environmental impacts  • Increased the productivity of...
   Live data energy savings   Real time tracking   Track data through various    graphs   Learn how solar energy works...
 We   hope this complex will become an    educational resource for current and future    generations in Hidalgo County  ...
 Thisproject has proved most successful and the County is hoping to model future construction in the same “green” fashion...
 Energy   Efficiency & Conservation Strategy (EECS)  • County is currently in the process of developing an    EECS  • Wil...
 Renewable       Energy Sources in County Parks • Replacing park lights with solar lighting • 6 parks in Pct. 3 have made...
 Solar   Lighting in Colonias  • Colonias are rural residential areas lacking basic    living necessities such as potable...
 Energy   Efficiency Retrofits  • Outfitting all Hidalgo County offices and facilities with    LED lighting  • LED lights...
 Solar-Powered     Generators  • Provide backup power at remote locations  • Reliable  • Provide electricity to anything ...
 HidalgoCounty benefitted tremendously from the partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. HidalgoCounty will conti...
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Hidalgo county green initiatives presentation teeks

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Hidalgo County showcased its green initiatives at the Growing Green Texas Rural Sustainability Conference this week. Conference attendees heard of the County's efforts to reduce energy consumption & cost, embrace renewable and sustainable sources of energy and implement projects that are mindful of the environment.

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Hidalgo county green initiatives presentation teeks

  1. 1. Presented By: Karina Cardoza
  2. 2.  About Hidalgo County Funding: EECBG Program Utilization of Funds Pct. 2 Complex Data Tracking Green Components Project Goal: Going Green Other EECBG Projects
  3. 3.  Located in South Texas along the U. S.- Mexico border Population - 774,769 Seventh most-populous county in Texas Considered one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States County seat – Edinburg, Texas McAllen-Mission-Edinburg MSA
  4. 4.  Stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Enabled the county to begin implementation of “green” and energy efficient projects Funded by a $3.5 million grant from the Department of Energy under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
  5. 5.  Pct. 2 Multi-Purpose Center utilized approximately $822,000 to construct a high performance energy-efficient complex First government facility in the Rio Grande Valley constructed using energy-efficient materials Uses a combination of solar lighting, wind turbines and photovoltaic systems to conserve energy and curtail spending
  6. 6.  Goal for this particular project was to: • Improve the manner in which buildings in Hidalgo County are designed, built, and operated • To enable an environmentally-responsible, healthy and prosperous livelihood that will improve the quality of life for residents in Hidalgo County.
  7. 7.  The Multi-Purpose Facility houses: • Administrative offices of Pct. 2 Commissioner Hector “Tito” Palacios • Health and Human Services clinic • W.I.C. clinic • Substation for the tax assessor-collector • Pct. 2 Constable’s Office • Pct. 2 Justices of the Peace Offices Serves more than 1,000 people daily
  8. 8.  5 wind turbines capable of producing a total of 1,250 Kw to 2,000 Kw per month Two solar panel trellises, expected to produce an average of 4,626 Kw per month of electricity 71 LED solar powered lights for the parking lot, save approximately 12,000 Kw of power per month based on dusk until dawn operations The wind turbines and the photovoltaic solar system are connected directly to the Pct. 2 Administration Building’s electrical grid
  9. 9.  Green Building Components Include: • Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) exterior walls • Recycled content metal doors/frames • Vinyl tile flooring • Ceiling suspension systems • Plastic laminates • Paperless gypsum sheetrock • Low VOC interior and exterior paints • Energy-saving occupant sensor lights • Low water consumption plumbing fixtures
  10. 10.  Held in February 2011 Localofficials “Flipped the Switch” in lieu of a traditional ribbon-cutting.
  11. 11.  Elementary & middle school students from local schools were given a tour of facility and “green” hands-on demonstrations and activities
  12. 12.  The students heard presentations from vendors and other green organizations on energy efficiency ideas for the home, recycling, energy production and consumption, wind and solar power, and groundwater runoff.
  13. 13.  Results: • The project created approximately 300 temporary construction jobs over the course of the 10 month building period and an estimated 10 permanent jobs. • Cost savings to the County is estimated at approximately $30,000 a year
  14. 14.  Results: • Reduced consumption of natural resources • Minimized environmental impacts • Increased the productivity of building occupants, • Decreased maintenance and utility expenses • Provided an energy-efficient building within the constraints of typical construction budgets.
  15. 15.  Live data energy savings Real time tracking Track data through various graphs Learn how solar energy works via website Public can view: • Total Energy Generated • Current Solar Generation  Per month, year, & minute
  16. 16.  We hope this complex will become an educational resource for current and future generations in Hidalgo County Educate the community about solar and wind energy, teaching them how it works Allow people to see how green energy can work for them
  17. 17.  Thisproject has proved most successful and the County is hoping to model future construction in the same “green” fashion The Pct. 2 complex has set the standard for “green” construction in our County and in the Rio Grande Valley
  18. 18.  Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy (EECS) • County is currently in the process of developing an EECS • Will guide the County in the implementation of new technologies and policies that will result in energy savings • Will include recommendations for energy savings in County facilities, as well identify programs that can be adopted to enhance energy efficiency and conservation in the community.
  19. 19.  Renewable Energy Sources in County Parks • Replacing park lights with solar lighting • 6 parks in Pct. 3 have made the changes • Anzalduas Park in Pct 3  Savings of $5-$7,000 a month  Additional benefit – helps federal agencies protect the border • Pct. 1 is currently making the same transition, utilizing other funding (Urban County)
  20. 20.  Solar Lighting in Colonias • Colonias are rural residential areas lacking basic living necessities such as potable water & sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, and safe & sanitary housing • Over 600 colonias in Hidalgo County • County has paved roads & connect to basic infrastructure via federal, state, & local funding Solarstreet lights create safer environment for residents
  21. 21.  Energy Efficiency Retrofits • Outfitting all Hidalgo County offices and facilities with LED lighting • LED lights  Consume less energy  Resulting in huge power savings – up to 20% compared to conventional lights  Long-lasting, environmentally – friendly
  22. 22.  Solar-Powered Generators • Provide backup power at remote locations • Reliable • Provide electricity to anything from computers to medical response vehicles when the power grid fails • Do not require gasoline • Zero emissions • Ideal for use in emergency situations
  23. 23.  HidalgoCounty benefitted tremendously from the partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. HidalgoCounty will continue advancing green initiatives and remain a leader promoting sustainable efforts in our community. Sustainability is our FUTURE!

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