Funds for energy-efficiency projects flow to federal courthouses

Marijuana growers busted by the feds in the future could have years-long prison sentences handed down in San Francisco’s federal courthouse under the glare of highly efficient lights.

A Massachusetts firm secured a $2.1 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded contract to replace lights and install sensors and lighting controls to reduce energy consumption and operating costs in the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.

Genlyte Thomas Group LLC of Burlington, MA, also secured a $4.3 million contract to conduct similar work at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Oakland, the U.S. General Services Administration.

Most of the work will be undertaken outside normal operating hours to minimize disruption to federal workers.

The agency plans to award additional contracts to install high performance heating and air conditioning components and improve monitoring of energy use at both buildings, according to a press release it issued Wednesday.

 

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