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California debuts LEED-certified energy plant

August 26, 2009
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SACRAMENTO — Earlier this week, the state of California unveiled its new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified "central plant" in downtown Sacramento that will provide heat and cool air to about 20,000 state workers, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.

Designed and constructed by Skanska USA Building Inc., the new LEED Gold-certified facility uses cooling towers to release heat from state buildings, a 95 percent reduction in water usage compared to the former plant, the story stated.

The $181 million project replaces the original, inefficient plant that dates back to 1968, the story noted.

According to the story, demolition of the old energy plant will begin in October.

Construction of the plant that will heat and cool the California State Capitol Museum and 22 other office buildings required as many as 375 full-time workers each day for more than two years, the story added.

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