At Cambridge Place in Brighton, the work to go green is well underway. Crews from Roth Green Energy are digging trenches, all part of a geothermal heating and cooling system. "We have been considering green initiatives as we develop more property. It just makes sense to make the move towards sustainable and green technology," says Andrew Gallina. He's the President of Gallina Development.
One building in this complex is already equipped with the geothermal system. Another will be built soon. Tom Roth says many of his customers are looking for this kind of change. "We are finding more and more people are aware of green energy and more and more people just want to do the right thing,"
Geothermal systems take the energy of the earth and use is to heat and cool the building.
"We're really blessed here in rochester because we have a good environment for geo thermal. The ground is good and temperatures are very consistent," says Roth.
Another reason why green project like this one are becoming more and more popular is because of the number of government grants that help fund them. "You couple the energy savings with the tax credits and there's a payback," says Gallina. It's a payback that lasts well into the future.
"We hope to see long term benefits of geo thermal system and provide benefits for future tenants as well. There will be cost savings, operationaal savings and it feels good to make a difference," says Gallina.