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Mike Fuentes and Joseph Hojnacki of Apollo Solutions Group (L-R) talk to the Grandview City Council about their company’s energy savings program.
As of Wednesday, April 29, 2015
GRANDVIEW – The first step in a program that will help the city of Grandview determine projects to save energy and money was taken last night during a special study session of the Grandview City Council.
Joseph Hojnacki and Mike Fuentes of Apollo Solutions Group provided the council with an overview of the process to be taken should the council decide to move forward.
Hojnacki said Apollo can provide the council with an introduction to the energy savings program, establish “cost-effectiveness criteria” and determine the city’s needs free of charge.
City Administrator Cus Arteaga said his staff approached Apollo in response to the council’s expressed desire to look at the potential energy savings that could be had if street lights were changed.
Apollo, said Hojnacki, guarantees the costs of its projects, the savings to be had once a project has been completed and performance thresholds.
The company will work with the city to leverage alternative sources of funding, including grants and energy savings incentives.
Hojnacki told the council members Apollo can be brought on board using an interlocal agreement with the Department of Enterprise Services to minimize risk and eliminate the requirements of a request for proposals.
Apollo, he said, is a qualified Department of Enterprise Services contractor.
In the second step of the energy savings program, Hojnacki said Apollo would conduct a preliminary assessment of all city-owned property to determine where projects are needed for energy savings.
Representatives of the company would discuss the findings, working together to determine which projects best meet the needs of the city, Hojnacki said.
“This is also at Apollo’s expense,” he said.
“We try to bring solutions that have been developed through experience,” said Hojnacki.
While in the midst of completing the assessment, Apollo would also work with the city of Grandview to identify potential sources of funding. Doing so, he said, helps determine how much money is available for different projects.
Once the projects are decided and funding is secured, construction begins.
The projects may include changing out lighting, but Hojnacki said there are many other projects that are identified for energy savings benefits. A new roof at one of the city’s facilities, new boilers and new water pumps were all given as examples.
After the work is completed, Apollo will validate and verify the cost-effectiveness.
If the savings are not realized, said Hojnacki, Apollo writes a check to Grandview. If a project costs more than was expected, the company covers the cost.
The Grandview City Council remained undecided whether or not to move forward with the energy savings performance program at Tuesday’s meeting.