Schneider Conducts $9.5M in Energy Upgrades for Columbia Basin College

May 7, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

Schneider-Electric energy manageSchneider Electric is installing a solar array at Columbia Basin College in Washington State. This project marks the third phase of Schneider Electric’s ongoing partnership with the college to deliver energy efficiency upgrades.

Using a $765,188 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, the college is getting a 100-kW PV array on the roof of its Business Building, which will contribute to the institution’s annual energy and operational cost savings of more than $224,000. Additionally, the college is expected to receive utility rebates in excess of $185,000 from the completion of the three-phase project.

Columbia Basin College’s three-phased, $9.5 million initiative spans over 20 facilities and incorporates a variety of energy efficiency upgrades to reduce energy consumption through:

  • Lighting retrofits and occupancy controls
  • Intelligent building automation system
  • Photovoltaic solar array installation and integration with energy metering system
  • HVAC replacements and upgrades
  • Heating system decentralization
  • Chiller plant optimization
  • Campus-wide energy metering system and monitoring-based commissioning
  • Underground piping replacement.

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