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Friday, December 2, 2011 - 4:24am

Tybee City Hall Goes Geothermal

Updated: 2 years ago.
A large geothermal turbine. Officials said lower energy costs as a result of a geothermal heating and cooling system for Tybee Island’s city hall will help the city set aside funds for the next phase of its project, which includes installing solar panels and a potential wind turbine. (Photo Courtesy of KQED Quest via Flickr.)

Tybee Island is seeking an additional $90,000 to complete a geothermal heating and cooling system for its city hall.

Officials said once the project is completed, the community's geothermal system is expected to reduce energy use and save money.

They said lower energy costs will help the city set aside funds for the next phase of its project, which includes installing solar panels and a potential wind turbine.

The Savannah Morning News reports the city is making the funding request after additional state money became available through the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority's energy efficiency grant program.