A-State enters contract to improve energy performance

A-State enters contract to improve energy performance

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University has signed a $15 million energy performance contract that will improve their lighting, water conservation, waste management, energy management, HVAC and utility monitoring systems.

The agreement is with Johnson Controls and is expected to dramatically help the university's sustainability initiatives.

This energy performance contract is the first in the state and features a 20-year payback and operational savings, according to a press release from A-State.

Recent energy legislation has enhanced the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting program.

Energy performance contracting is a financing mechanism used to pay for energy efficiency improvements, which are then paid back through annual energy and operational savings.

"We're thrilled to be working with Johnson Controls to make significant upgrades to our energy infrastructure," Dr. Charles L. Welch, president of the Arkansas State University System said.  "Those upgrades will benefit everyone in the Arkansas State community – students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus."

The upgrades are scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30, 2016.

Those improvements will include:

  • Installing new LED lights and replacing emergency lighting fixtures throughout campus.
  • Replacing or retrofitting plumbing fixtures, toilets, urinals, aerators on lavatory faucets and kitchen sinks, and shower heads with water-efficient fixtures and systems
  • Installing four industrial-grade trash compactions systems. One will be at the Convocation Center, Facilities Management building, Education and Communications building and Centennial Bank Stadium.
  • Making various software, server, workstation and database improvements at more than a dozen facilities on campus.
  • Replacing an aging chiller with an energy-efficient chiller at the IT Services building, replacing two handling units at the Education and Communications Building and replacing two air-handling units with new units at the Lab Sciences East Building.
  • The Arkansas Bioscience Institute building has several lab fume hoods that were failing and causing room pressure issues as well as excessive use of energy. They will be replaced with new TSI lab controls.
  • Installing an energy management platform that will provide real-time monitoring of electric power demand and consumption.

"The Arkansas State project is setting the standard by which other energy performance contracts will be measured in the state," Chet Howland, energy program manager for the Arkansas Energy Office said.  "We expect the project to have an economic impact of over $30 million with no upfront cost to Arkansas State, as guaranteed energy savings will pay for the project over the next two decades."

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