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Lafayette parking garage goes green

Duke Energy's Kevin Johnston discusses the new electric vehicle parking stations

New lights and two charging stations are part of a Green makeover of a Lafayette parking garage.

The City installed two electric vehicle charging stations and nearly 150 LED lights on the Fifth Street structure downtown.

John Christodoulakis is a member of the Lafayette Parking Commission and owner of Red Seven Bar and Grill.

He says the green technology shows the city’s commitment to a cleaner community, which benefits both residents and businesses.

The U.S Department of Energy is paying for the LED fixtures through an Energy Efficient Block Grant totaling more than $121,000.

Both efforts are expected to save the city about $4,000 annually.

Duke Energy is covering the expense of the charging stations for the first two years.

Lafayette is the first municipality in Duke’s coverage area to have the devices installed.

District Manager Kevin Johnston hopes the devices encourage others to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.