Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Projects Update
Over the years, Grand Traverse County has continuously made energy efficiency a part of all facility upgrades and improvements. More recently, the County received grant funding to expand its energy reduction initiatives. In many cases, the County worked with the City of Traverse City and Traverse City Light and Power to make the improvements. The combined annual savings of all these projects is approximately $83,500.

For more information on these projects, contact the Grand Traverse County Planning and Development Department at 231-922-4676.

County Grants
Below is list of the recent grants received by the County:
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG Multipurpose) - $353,575
    A federal grant awarded via the State of Michigan to provide general improvements to both county and city facilities. Most of these grants were lighting improvements with the Civic Center boiler replacement and solar panel installation being the biggest project.
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG LED Demonstration) - $250,000
    A federal grant awarded via the State of Michigan to provide LED lighting installations by Traverse City Light and Power.
  • Renewables and Energy Efficiency for Local Governments Program (NWMCOG) - $48,000
    A grant from the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) to provide facility energy audits and improvements in response to the audits.
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (ALTD - Advanced Lighting Technology Demonstration) - $45,000
    A federal grant awarded via the State of Michigan to provide LED lighting installations by the County and increase awareness of the use and application of LED lights.
Traverse City Projects
Below is a list of County projects and projects done in cooperation with the City of Traverse City and Traverse City Light and Power:
  • Grand Traverse County Projects:
    • Lighting Improvements - 520 West Front Street (MSU Extension and Commission on Aging) EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Lighting Improvements - Civic Center (Howe Arena) - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Lighting Improvements - Twin Lakes County Park Dorm and Cabins - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Solar Panel Installation and Boiler Replacement - Civic Center - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • LED Lighting - Civic Center Walking Track and Kid’s Kove - EECBG (ALTD)
    • County Building Energy Audit and Improvements - NWMCOG
  • City of Traverse City / Grand Traverse County Joint Projects:
    • Lighting Improvements - Governmental Center - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Lighting Improvements - City Fire Station #1 - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Lighting Improvements - City Fire Station #2 - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • County Climate Action Plan / City Climate Action Plan - EECBG (Multipurpose)
  • City of Traverse City Projects:
    • Lighting Improvements - City Public Services Garage - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Lighting Improvements - City Water Treatment Plant - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Lighting Improvements - City Wastewater Treatment Plant - EECBG (Multipurpose)
    • Variable Frequency Drive Installation - City Wastewater Treatment Plant EECBG (Multipurpose)
  • Traverse City Light and Power Project:
    • LED Demonstration - City Street Lights - EECBG (LED)
Project Highlights
See our photo gallery to learn more about the Grand Traverse County Civic Center solar and lighting project. You can also watch our YouTube video with project highlights.