Energy and Water Conservation Program

The Energy and Water Conservation program helps County departments conserve energy and water in a way that is cost-effective and aligns with the County’s Resilient Pinellas Action Plan and the County’s Strategic Plan.

Quick Facts

Working toward 100% clean energy

The Energy and Water Conservation program establishes and maintains data to measure the County’s energy and water use and is working toward the goal of 100% clean, renewable energy by 2040. 


The Energy and Water Conservation program collaborates with County departments and community partners to develop effective conservation projects and programs across the county.

Downtown Central Energy Plant

Pinellas County’s Downtown Central Energy Plant generates and delivers chilled water through an underground piping network to provide energy efficient air conditioning to several County buildings. The plant is currently saving the County more than $1.5 million in annual operating costs.


Saving energy and money

The Energy and Water Conservation Program determined the County saved 1.9 million kilowatt-hours and nearly $129,000 per year by replacing high-pressure sodium streetlight bulbs with LED fixtures.

Staying cool

Pinellas County is replacing the Young-Rainey Science Technology and Research (STAR) Center’s current 900-ton chiller — a machine used to lower the temperature of industrial spaces — with a new, more energy efficient chiller that will reduce energy use and costs as well as secure a rebate from Duke Energy.

Courthouse improvements

In March 2023, the program performed an energy audit of the Pinellas County Courthouse to create a roadmap for making the facility more energy efficient.

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March 1, 2023

County saves thousands by converting to LED streetlights

Pinellas County’s switch to LED streetlights on several of our roads has saved the County nearly $129,000 per year in electricity costs,…

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