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Lingle releases $250,000 for park energy improvements


Gov. Linda Lingle has released $250,000 to improve the energy efficiency of state parks and Department of Land and Natural Resources facilities on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui and Oahu. This project is in addition to the $1.87 billion public infrastructure construction plan unveiled by Lingle in December 2008 to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

“My administration remains committed to leading by example in improving the energy efficiency of state facilities, which includes our state parks and recreation areas,” Lingle said. “This project will reduce energy costs and allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to redirect these funds toward the maintenance and preservation of our natural and cultural assets.”

Currently, DLNR spends more than $300,000 for state park electricity costs. This project is estimated to cut those costs by 20-30 percent by installing more energy-efficient street lamps and lighting controls, as well as water heating and rental cabin appliances. 

On the Big Island, the following parks and DLNR facilities will receive improvements:

* Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Baseyard

* Kalopa State Recreation Area

* Wailoa River State Recreation Area and Baseyard

Construction is scheduled to begin this month and be completed in February 2010.

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