ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced the completion of the installation of energy-efficient lighting at the Annapolis Capital Complex and surrounding state office buildings. The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) Office of Energy and Sustainability is responsible for ensuring that the purchase and consumption of energy in-state operations minimizes cost and enhances sustainability, and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) supported this project through critical funding. This project supports Governor Hogan’s executive order to achieve a 10% energy savings goal in state-owned buildings by 2029.
“We have made Maryland a national leader in energy efficiency and affordable clean energy measures, and this is another way we are advancing those efforts,” said Governor Hogan. “I want to thank the Department of General Services and the Maryland Energy Administration for their work on this project, which will substantially lower our energy and operations costs.”
“We are pleased to make more progress on the governor’s energy savings goals for state-owned buildings,” said DGS Secretary Ellington E. Churchill, Jr. “DGS will continue to serve the citizens of Maryland by shepherding more energy-efficient plans, projects, and procedures to reduce the government’s carbon footprint.”
During the installation process, nearly 8,000 old fluorescent tube lighting fixtures were removed and replaced with advanced LED retrofit kits that include daylighting and motion detectors. All existing lighting equipment was recycled under this contract, and recycling was managed by an authorized electronic waste recycling company.
“MEA is pleased to have provided the $1.1 million in zero-interest loan funds for this project from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund on behalf of the state,” said MEA Director Mary Beth Tung. “By reducing energy and maintenance costs, this collaboration delivers relief both to the taxpayers and to a constrained power grid.”
DGS installed 7,680 new energy-efficient light fixtures across 652,564 square feet in five of the Annapolis Capital Complex buildings. Those buildings include the Tawes state office buildings, the Goldstein building, the Data Center, the Revenue Administration building, and the Hall of Records building. Together, the working environments of six state agencies were beneficially impacted. These agencies include the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Comptroller of Maryland, the Treasurer of Maryland, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and the Maryland State Archives.
The Office of Energy and Sustainability is predicting that 689 tons of carbon dioxide will be reduced annually, with an annual savings of 1601.MWH of electricity, and $136,095.77.
“The Office of Energy and Sustainability plans to install another 5,000 LED fixtures in four additional buildings using the $450,000 in utility rebates from Phase 2 of this project,” said Office of Energy and Sustainability Director David St. Jean. “By taking the rebates ourselves, rather than signing them over to the contractor, the state can claim more rebates through three iterations of installation, thereby turning $450,000 into nearly $650,000 worth of additional fixtures.”