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Posted: Thursday, December 19th, 2013 12:42 PM HST

Energy upgrades planned at 12 airports

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The state will spend $167 million for energy upgrades at 12 Hawaii airports.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the project will result in more than $500 million in energy savings over the next 20 years.

Johnson Controls won the contract, and will be responsible for replacing 75,000 light fixtures and 372 transformers. The company will also install 9,100 photovoltaic panels, and perform upgrades to water and air conditioning systems.

Hawaii News Now reports work will start in January and will be completed by December 2015. It's estimated it will add 400 jobs.

The state is selling $167 million in certificates of participation on the bond market to pay for the project. The money recouped from energy savings is expected to pay off the bonds.

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