City of Peoria Parking Garage
The city council of Peoria was looking for ways to reduce the energy costs in their buildings. The four large multi-story parking garages in the city provided a great way to start.
Parking garages generally have lights on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which can lead to high energy costs over time. The 665-space Jefferson Street Parking Deck in Peoria was selected as the first to receive a lighting renovation and was converted from High Pressure Sodium lighting to more cost-effective induction lighting. The capital cost of the project was offset by a DCEO Illinois Energy Now public sector incentive for retrofit programs. The projected annual energy savings of the project is $36,000, with a payback period of 1.7 years.
The city council was so pleased with the project that the other three parking garages in the city have also had their lighting re-done: the Twin Towers Garage and the Niagara Garage have both been retrofitted with induction lighting, and the Riverfront Garage lighting was replaced with new LED lighting.
The city council has also set up a rolling energy-savings fund to make future energy projects possible. Money saved on energy costs as a result of energy-saving projects goes into the fund, and will be used for the next energy project. The council hopes to be able to fund multiple projects over the coming years using this system.