Dane County’s East District Campus Boosts Net Zero Energy

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi presented the new “net zero-energy” Dane County East District Campus designed to help combat climate change. It has a highway complex and County Medical Examiner headquarters that will be heated by waste heat from methane gas electrical generation piped under the road from the County landfill. “Due to the County’s investment in solar, renewable compressed natural gas, waste heat recycling and passive solar lighting, Dane County’s new “net zero-energy” highway garage will create more green energy than the building uses”, while reducing operating costs. This will be the largest municipally owned solar project in Wisconsin at 222 KW. Also, the highway complex will have a BioCNG filling station supplied by methane from the County landfill that can produce 250 gallons equivalent of clean fuel daily for the fleet of 40 vehicles and snowplows. This project created 376 construction jobs.  To read more.