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Milwaukee, Wis. — Johnson Controls and Arkansas State University recently signed a $15 million energy performance contract that will dramatically advance the university’s sustainability initiatives, including improvements to lighting, water conservation, waste management, energy management, HVAC, and utility monitoring systems.
Recent energy legislation has enhanced the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting program, allowing Arkansas State and other educational institutions to benefit.
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. The Arkansas State energy performance contract features a 20-year payback and operational savings — the first of its kind in the state of Arkansas.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Johnson Controls to make significant upgrades to our energy infrastructure,” said Dr. Charles L. Welch, president, Arkansas State University System. “Those upgrades will benefit everyone in the Arkansas State community — students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus.”
The company's upgrades, scheduled for completion by Nov. 30, 2016, will include:
• Lighting: Installation of new LED lights and replacement of emergency lighting fixtures throughout campus.
• Water conservation: Replacement or retrofitting of plumbing fixtures, toilets, urinals, aerators on lavatory faucets and kitchen sinks, and showerheads with water-efficient fixtures and systems.
• Waste management: Installation of four industrial-grade trash compactions systems, one each at the Convocation Center, Facilities Management building, Education and Communications building, and Centennial Bank football stadium.
• Energy management: Various improvements to software, servers, workstations, and databases at more than a dozen facilities through campus.
• Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC): Replacement of an aging chiller with an energy-efficient chiller at the IT Services building; replacement of three air-handling units with new units at the Education and Communications building; and replacement of two air-handling units with new units at the Lab Sciences East building.
• Lab hood improvements: The Arkansas Bioscience Institute (ABI) building has several lab fume hoods whose operation is critical during experiments and research. The existing fume hood controls were failing and causing room pressure issues as well as excessive use of energy. Johnson Controls will replace the existing failed controls and sensors with new TSI lab controls. This will provide a safe environment for faculty and students as well as decrease the building’s overall energy use.
• Utility monitoring: Installation of 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,” said Chet Howland, energy program manager, Arkansas Energy Office. “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.”
Johnson Controls helped establish energy performance contracting in 1983 and has implemented more than 3,000 energy performance contracts in North America alone, including many at four-year colleges and universities, technical colleges, and community colleges. Some of the larger, more notable projects include Florida State University, Tulane University, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
For more information about Johnson Controls’ expertise with energy performance contracting, click here.