Tuesday, May 6, 2008
St. Louis schools, communities receive loans to reduce energy costsby Matt Allen
The St. Louis County Parks and Recreation department will receive a loan of $510,000 to replace a boiler and controls at the Affton Community Center and a chiller and temperature controls at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex. The improvements will save the county almost $45,000 a year on utilities.
The Mehlville School District received a $147,000 loan to purchase a new energy efficient boiler, helping it save utility costs of about $13,000 every year.
A $15,000 loan to the city of Clayton will help the city make heating and air conditioning upgrades to its historic Hanley House and save nearly $3,000 a year.
The loans were approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through the Energy Loan Program. The Missouri Energy Center has loaned more than $80 million throughout Missouri since 1989. Eligible loan applicants are schools, local governments, colleges and universities.