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Maui taxpayers can expect to benefit from $73 million in energy conservation programs

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Maui County has a new 20-year contract that will save taxpayer money by reducing energy, water and fuel use.

The county announced Friday that it is partnering with Johnson Controls on a campaign to save $73 million through power improvements at 141 locations in the county.

With the program, Johnson Controls plans to hire 40 workers to retrofit buildings with LED lighting, install electric vehicle charging stations, replace plumbing fixtures and more.

“This is a fiscally responsible project that will save taxpayer dollars, create local jobs, reduce our carbon footprint and, most importantly, free up the clean water we use for affordable housing,” said Mayor Michael Victorino. .

“Reducing dependence on fossil fuels means we can take money from an oil tanker and keep it here and invest in jobs for our residents.”

“I’m excited to see our Wailuku office filled with engineers, project managers and technicians eager to make a positive impact in Maui County,” said Ron Young, Johnson Controls Regional Operations Manager.

The terms of the agreement require Johnson Controls to guarantee energy and water savings that are measured annually, the county said.

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