The Town of Hempstead is seeking proposals from engineering and consulting firms to develop plans for the town to be more energy-efficient and decrease energy consumption and costs.
The town issued a request for qualifications last week, and firms have until March 9 to respond, town spokesman Mike Fricchione said.
Among its duties, the chosen firm would be expected to perform an energy assessment survey of the town’s facilities to see how the town could incorporate energy conservation and renewable energy measures that would result in energy savings for the town, according to the RFQ.
The firm would then assist the town in hiring an energy services company to make the improvements, such as replacing old heating, cooling and lighting systems and windows and using alternative energy sources like solar and geothermal, according to a town news release.
Such projects usually provide a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption, Fricchione said. The town paid $7 million in electric bills and more than $800,000 in gas bills last year, and officials expect to see traditional energy costs rise by 3.25 percent annually even as consumption stays level.
“By reducing our demand on the grid and introducing renewable resources, we not only help preserve our environment, but we help preserve taxpayer’s wallets and pocketbooks,” Supervisor Laura Gillen said in the release, noting that the goal is to “obtain energy cost savings and flatten the town government’s annual energy bills over a 20-year period.”
The cost of the engineering and consulting firm would be covered by the energy services company, the release stated.
In April, the town issued a request for proposals for an energy services company but never chose one, according to the release. That RFP did not seek to hire an engineering and consulting firm.