Brookfield's Common Council on Tuesday approved accepting a $191,000 federal grant for energy efficiency improvements at the city's Public Safety Building.
The grant will pay for upgrades to the light fixtures in the building and the parking lot, as well as a small photovoltaic array on the roof that would help generate electricity. The cost of the project is estimated at $266,000, with $191,000 coming from the grant and $75,000 from a grant through the Wisconsin's non-profit Focus on Energy group.
An engineering analysis said the improvements would save the city between $14,000 and $15,000 a year on energy costs, Director of Administration Dean Marquardt said.
Marquardt said the project will come back to the Board of Public Works and Common Council for final approval later this year, and construction could start in mid-December.
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