Schneider 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.