Next spring, St. Paul produce wholesaler J&J Distributing hopes to deliver a crop grown through green energy measures funded by a conservation loan from the St. Paul Port Authority’s new “Trillion BTU Fund.”
The money ultimately comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, reports Leslie Brooks Suzukamo of the Pioneer Press, and J&J will use it to pay for new energy-efficient lighting and installation of three energy-efficient climate-control systems to replace 44 rooftop refrigeration units.
The company will use part of the money saved from the efficiency measures to pay back the loan in seven years.
It will use the rest to expand facilities and add roughly 100 to 150 new jobs.
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