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RGH receives energy conservation project funds

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority officials on Thursday announced an award of more than $300,000 to Rochester General Hospital to fund a lighting retrofit project.

Rochester General Hospital CEO Mark Clement said the award, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, could save the hospital more than $80,000 annually in energy costs.

The hospital will replace light fixtures in two parking garages with more efficient fixtures, reducing energy consumption by nearly 1 million kilowatt hours a year while providing improved lighting, a release from RGH states.

Rochester General’s project is one of eight energy conservation and renewable energy projects being funded in Monroe County, totaling $1.2 million in federal ARRA support, according to a release from Rep. Louise Slaughter, who joined hospital officials in making the announcement.

She said the hospital will save as much energy as that used by 158 single-family homes each year.