State psychiatric hospital to undergo energy upgrade

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Valley Hospital will soon undergo a comprehensive energy upgrade.

As part of an effort to reduce energy use by state agencies, the sprawling Middletown facility for people with mental illness will soon have high-efficiency lighting and a cogeneration plant that will covert discarded heat from electricity generation into useable steam and electricity.

Plans also include a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station.

State officials say the planned upgrade to heating, cooling and lighting at the facility will largely pay for itself over the next 15 years in energy savings.

The project is expected to save nearly $32 million over that time period. It’s the first of several such upgrades planned at state facilities using a contract that enables agencies to use future energy savings to finance improvements at aging buildings.

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