The U.S. Department of Energy visited Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City Thursday to recognize their energy conservation efforts. 

The Granlibakken Conference Center and resort was highlighted as Placer County's "showcase project" for the national Better Buildings Challenge launched by President Obama to cut energy waste in the nation's industrial and commercial buildings. 

In a press release, Placer County says they have committed to 20 percent energy savings over ten years, across five million square feet of building space. The Granlibakken Conference Center and Resort is expected to save 43 percent in energy use annually, resulting in $44,000 in energy bill savings for the county. 

As part of Thursday's meeting, Maria Vargas, the Director of Better Buildings Challenge, met with Ron Parson, the Owner/Operator of the Granlibakken Conference Center and Resort and others to tour the building. 

Behind the scenes the commercial kitchen was in the spotlight featuring high-efficiency natural gas boilers, hot water storage, and automated lighting. 

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