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Jasper County Jail, grappling with extreme temperatures and high energy costs since 2007, finally found a solution through Solential Energy’s comprehensive energy overhaul. This initiative brought a much-needed change to the jail, housing 70 employees and an average of 80 inmates in northern Indiana, where winters are notably harsh.
For years, the jail struggled to maintain a warm and safe environment, resorting to space heaters and extra clothing. An unsuccessful attempt in 2012 to fix the HVAC and energy issues left the facility with monthly energy bills averaging $25,000. In 2019, county commissioners turned to Solential Energy for an effective resolution.
Solential’s approach began with an in-depth audit of the jail’s structure, mechanical systems, lighting, air quality, and energy usage. The resulting solution focused on several critical areas:
The energy overhaul, completed in January 2021, marked a significant turning point. For the first time in 15 years, the jail achieved a safe, comfortable environment with stabilized energy costs and 24/7 monitoring capabilities. The solar installation now generates 50-100% of the jail’s energy needs, resolving long-standing energy issues and contributing to a more sustainable, efficient facility.