$8 Million Energy Efficiency Investment in Atlanta

THE U.S. City of Atlanta’s economic development division, Invest Atlanta, hopes to lure new businesses downtown by making commercial buildings more energy efficient according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Invest Atlanta's board approved plans to invest up to $8 million from the city’s Westside tax allocation district to help commercial building owners carry out energy audits and upgrade buildings which prove to be energy inefficient.

The organisation will pay up to 40 percent of the cost of the upgrades with the building owners investing the balance.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Cheryl Strickland, Director of tax allocation district programmes, for Invest Atlanta, as saying that despite a spate of new construction over the past decade, downtown Atlanta has a number of crumbling and numerous empty buildings.

"We still have a lot of aging, obsolete building stock," she told the paper "We've got a lot of buildings that are inefficient, that are underutilized."

According to the Journal Invest Atlanta's efforts are all part of a greater effort by the city to go green. Atlanta was one of a handful of pilot cities in the Obama administration's "Better Buildings" challenge, which seeks to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by 20 percent by 2020.

Enigin Distributors in the area are ideally placed to enable commercial building owners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, with cutting edge technology from energy efficiency experts Enigin, that quickly leads to substantial savings through reduced energy consumption, energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

Bright Atlanta by Brett Weinstein from Scarsdale, NY, Atlanta, GA, London, UK (Bright Atlanta) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday 24th April 2012

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