The City of Storm Lake and Project AWAYSIS architects participated in a program sponsored by Mid American Energy and Alliant Energy designed to ensure that energy efficiencies were incorporated into the construction of the King's Pointe resort - and it is already starting to pay dividends, according to city officials.
The cost to employ the energy efficiency consulting firm (The Weidt Group) is paid by the utility companies. The project architects were also reimbursed for their work in the project. There was no cost to the city.
All components of the facility were studied, from lighting to window tinting to heating systems. Various scenarios were considered for all areas to arrive at the most cost effective energy conservation methods and equipment.
Construction costs were increased by $208,671 to implement the strategies.
The City has learned that it will receive cash rebates from Mid American Energy for $32,200 and Alliant Energy for $39,700. Annual energy cost savings are projected to be $97,287 - allowing the effort to pay for itself in under a year-and-a-half, resulting in a 1.4 year payback to the City for the investment in energy efficiencies.
"The City and taxpayers will reap the dividends from the program for many years to come," City Administrator Patti Moore indicates.
Representatives from Mid American Energy and Alliant Energy are scheduled to visit the city council Monday evening to make the presentation of the rebates.