Public Sector


Canton Township, Michigan

Canton Township Municipal Complex

The Opportunity

Canton Township, a rapidly-growing suburban community east of Ann Arbor, needed to reduce its growing energy and operational costs at multiple sites. Canton wanted to replace aging equipment and implement an energy and water savings program to reduce its budget, but also show visible improvements to the community by enhancing frequently-used facilities like the water park and playground.

The Partnership

Working in partnership with OpTerra, the Canton Board of Trustees approve the scope of the township-wide energy program in 2012. OpTerra worked to upgrade heating and cooling systems, as well as replace mechanical systems, water and lighting fixtures and system controls. The $4.7 million comprehensive project spanned 18 town-owned buildings with the replacement or improvement of the heating and cooling systems, boilers, lighting and water components, irrigation controls and the Summit on the Park’s Splash playground. Saving energy and operational costs was the primary goal of the partnership between Canton and OpTerra.

The Impact

The results of the Canton/OpTerra partnership will save Canton more than $4.5 million over the next 15 years with no impact on Canton’s general fund – in fact, an excess of $130,000 in energy savings has already been shown. Through energy efficiency improvements, Canton has reduced its purchase of electricity and natural gas and, in turn, reduced carbon emissions.

The Technical Scope

  • Lighting retrofits
  • Automation system upgrades
  • Heating plant modifications
  • HVAC and building envelope improvements
  • Water retrofits
  • LED Promotional message board
  • Irrigation system controls
  • Indoor climate quality control