College to Enjoy Major Savings from Energy Efficiency Work

A $5 million energy efficiency programme by New York Power Authority (NYPA) at the College at Brockport has been completed this week, which aims to save $300,000 in energy saving annually.

The work has been carried out as part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Build Smart NY initiative which aims to reduce energy use in state buildings 20 percent by 2020, and apart from the dollar savings to the college it will also remove nearly 1,300 tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year.

The latest upgrades are part of nearly $12 million in energy efficiency improvements that the NYPA and the college have completed over the last two years, accounting for a total annual savings in energy bills of nearly $1 million. The NYPA and Brockport have teamed on energy efficiency improvements over two and a half decades, investing more than $32 million on initiatives that are resulting in a total annual savings of nearly $2 million.

The latest phase of improvements includes $5.1 million in ventilation and air-conditioning system upgrades, electric motor and boiler replacements, interior and exterior lighting upgrades designed to conserve as much energy as possible and smart electric sub-metering of all campus buildings.

In addition, the improvements feature a 50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array, which is part of the Governor’s NY-Sun initiative to scale up solar deployment across the state. The solar array was supported by a $57,500 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a $100,000 grant from the Power Authority.

The project includes more than $1.9 million in capital costs that the College at Brockport would have had to undertake to replace the aging equipment with or without the NYPA improvements.

When you factor in the $281,500 in rebates and grants from NYPA, NYSERDA, National Grid and RG&E, the payback for the university is less than 10 years, after which the school will pocket the full $307,000 in recurring savings every year.

“This energy efficiency project under the Build Smart NY initiative and the efforts still to come will bring many benefits to the college and its students, including lower energy bills helping control the costs of higher education,” said Assemblyman Stephen Hawley. “It is another example of how the state’s clean-energy sector can stimulate economic development, help buildings reduce energy use and showcase new technologies.”

The additional energy efficiency work that NYPA is spearheading at Brockport will commence in 2015, with plans still being finalized for the multi-million dollar initiative. The Power Authority is also partnering with the school on an energy master plan that will include energy audits on 54 campus facilities to identify additional energy-saving measures.

Picture of State University of New York the college at Brockton by DanielPenfield (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

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