Gov. Evers tours Beloit College’s ‘Powerhouse’ while highlighting energy-efficient projects

BELOIT, Wis. — Eliminate energy waste, find cost-effective ways to be more energy-efficient while providing jobs, and strengthen the economy — that’s the goal of the “Focus on Energy” program.

For nearly 20 years, Beloit College has focused on sustainability projects. “Focus on Energy” has been helping the college save nearly 18 million kilowatt hours of electricity and 1.6 million therms of natural gas.

A new multi-use building called the Powerhouse is the culmination of Beloit College’s sustainability goals. It was the old Alliant Energy Black Hawk power plant along the Rock River, and was going to be torn down years ago — but the college saw the true potential of repurposing the old coal plant into its new student union, rec and athletics facility.

“Focus on Energy” helped with nearly $170,000 in financial incentives.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers got a chance to tour the facility on Wednesday.

In the past 10 years, “Focus on Energy” has returned $1 billion to Wisconsin’s economy through energy-efficient programs.