Officials in Webb County, Texas, announced the county will save more than $10 million through an energy efficiency project. The project, engineered by Schneider Electric, will improve the County’s aging facilities and deliver significant energy and operational savings. The project is designed to leverage savings from Webb County’s energy budget to fund much-needed infrastructure upgrades and improve quality of operations.
“We are making improvements to our aging facilities with a progressive approach versus having to seek tax funds to address these failing systems. With savings guaranteed in excess of $10 million over the life of the project, our community will benefit from state-of-the-art improvements without a strain on our operational budget,” said Tano E. Tijerina, County Judge, Webb County. “Schneider Electric’s strong track record with energy efficiency projects makes them an ideal partner to support our vision of improving the quality of life in our County.”
For years, Webb County faced a growing list of deferred maintenance projects that drove high operational costs. The County will now be able to modernize several of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption by 35%. Schneider Electric worked closely with the County to develop a solution that will offer many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort and financial management.
The focus of the program is rebuilding and expanding the County’s downtown central chiller plant and upgrading building automation systems, both of which are well beyond useful life. As part of the new central chiller plant, the County will be expanding the plant connections to include additional facilities, providing a simpler, more efficient solution. The central chiller plant is set up to support future expansion needs as part of a strategic plan to ensure future needs are proactively managed in the most cost-efficient manner. In addition to providing critically needed equipment and systems to replace failing infrastructure, the program will deliver significant energy savings.
“Webb County is addressing failing infrastructure in a strategic manner, using savings generated to fund these critical needs,” said Kent Kirchstein, Sales Director, Energy and Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric. “This approach is in full alignment with the Webb County Commissioner Court’s core values of being good financial stewards of taxpayer funds and providing improvements to the quality of life for Webb County families.”
“We believe that everyone in Webb County should have an opportunity to realize their own energy savings,” said Judge Tijerina. “If everyone takes small steps, we can all help improve our community.”
Construction is underway and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2018.
Additional energy initiatives
Georgia’s Quitman County School District announced it will partner with Schneider Electric on an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project that will enhance the district’s buildings and save nearly $500,000 over the life of the project.
The ESPC will allow the school district to take money that would have normally been spent on utilities and reinvest it back into its schools to achieve a variety of important goals it might not otherwise be able to afford. In this case, the partnership will allow Quitman County Schools to take these first important steps to modernize its school buildings without increasing taxes in the community.
Vendors mentioned in this article:
- Schneider Electric