DOE Awards $600,000 for Building Energy Efficiency Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency. Each selected project for the Building University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) awards will receive $200,000 in funding; more than 50 percent of expenditures in each project will be   …Continue Reading

44 Companies Apply to Manage OSU Energy

Linda Hardesty

Ohio State University said last fall that it was considering leasing the management of its utilities and lighting systems to an outside company. Buildings on the Columbus campus need at least $250 million in energy efficiency improvements. Now, Columbus Business First reports that OSU has received more responses than expected from companies wanting to work   …Continue Reading

University Asks Students to Reduce Peak Electricity Costs

Linda Hardesty

The University of Georgia is asking its students and employees to help it save energy by turning off lights, turning up thermostats and shutting down computers during peak energy days this summer, reports Online Athens. The University buys its electricity from Georgia Power on a time-of-use pricing plan. Most of the time, the university pays   …Continue Reading

School Produces 342,000 kWh Annually

Linda Hardesty

The Jamie D. Padron Elementary School in Austin, Texas, was completed in August 2014 and included the installation of a 245 kW solar system comprised of 749 327W SunPower solar PV panels. In its first year, the 143,143-sq-foot school’s solar system is on track to produce over 342,000 kWh annually. Padron Elementary School’s solar power   …Continue Reading

Stanford’s New Energy Plant Helps Cut Water use by 15%

Linda Hardesty

A new central energy facility at Stanford University is helping the school cut its water use by 15 percent. Stanford’s new energy plant operates efficiently in any weather condition, thanks to heat recovery chillers, hot and cold water thermal energy storage, and a patented smart technology system that uses weather and electricity pricing forecasts to   …Continue Reading

School Reduces Peak Energy Consumption 20% with IceBank Tanks

Linda Hardesty

The Alamo Heights Independent School District (AHISD) in San Antonio, Texas, is using CALMAC’s ice-based energy storage technology to cool more than 325,000 square feet across five buildings on its high school campus. The school district, which already uses a 500 kW solar system and another five solar arrays totaling 400 kW to help power   …Continue Reading

$2M Pays for Cogeneration at College

Linda Hardesty

A $2 million grant through Pennsylvania’s Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) program will help Duquesne University upgrade its Energy Center, which generates the bulk of electricity for campus with a natural gas turbine generator. The ACE-funded project is anticipated to save 18,256 million cubic feet of natural gas annually and provide $82,154 in annual cost   …Continue Reading

University of Louisville Spends Millions with Siemens Over Long Term

Linda Hardesty

A joint project between the University of Louisville in Kentucky and Siemens has saved UofL $12.9 million in energy costs in about four years. Since 2009, UofL has spent $46 million to reduce energy use on its three campuses through contracts with Siemens’ Building Technologies Division. The project has saved utility and other costs by   …Continue Reading

College Saves Geothermal Water with Energy Saving Techniques

Linda Hardesty

The Idaho Water Center, home to the University of Idaho Boise, has reduced the use of geothermal water by more than half compared to last year, according to the City of Boise Public Works. Historically, the 215,000-sq-foot Idaho Water Center used between 8 and 13 million gallons of geothermal water from October to May. This   …Continue Reading

Future Is Bright for Solar at Stanford

Karen Henry

Stanford University has partnered with SunPower to install a 5,500 kW rooftop solar PV system and build a 68,000 kW off-campus solar energy plant. By 2017, solar panels will make up half of the university’s electricity supply. The project is a part of the Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) project, an effort to reduce the   …Continue Reading