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Council makes EECA Awards finals

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Kapiti Coast District Council has been named as a finalist in the 2012 EECA Awards.

The EECA Awards celebrate organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency or renewable energy.

Council is one of only two local authorities to be recognised in the Public Sector category for its energy saving and renewable energy projects.

Mayor Jenny Rowan says Council is showing real leadership in the area of sustainability and making the finals of such a prestigious competition shows those efforts are being widely recognised.

"We have some exciting projects on the go that are designed to reduce energy use, save money and kick start the transition to a more sustainable low-carbon economy. We also support community enterprises with the same goals."

Energy saving projects outlined in the Council's entry include:

Wood fired boiler. Council has substantially cut its operational carbon emissions and costs through converting sewage sludge drying at its waste water treatment plant from using a diesel burner to a wood-fired boiler.

?taki Pool solar thermal array. Council has installed an array of solar thermal panels to help heat the pool and has introduced other energy savings measures on site.

Pensioner housing solar and insulation upgrade. Council has upgraded its 118 pensioner houses with roof and floor insulation and installed 44 solar water heating systems.

Free compact fluorescent light bulbs. Council used savings from the wood fired boiler to fund the purchase of 49,000 energy saving light bulbs which were distributed to households.

?taki Library and Memorial Hall solar PV system. In conjunction with Electra, Council has installed 2.0 kilowatts of 'grid-tied' photovoltaic panels on the building to publicly demonstrate the technology, which converts the sun's energy to electricity.

Monitoring and promotion. Council tracks its energy use and regularly updates management and staff. It promotes energy saving to residents through events such as the Greenest Streets competition, the annual Sustainable Home and Garden Show and its Eco Design Advisor service.

Winners of the 2012 awards will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on 23 May.

Last year the K?piti Coast District Council won the 'Local and Central government stepping Up' category in the Ministry for the Environment's Green Ribbon Awards.

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