Through two completed projects, and an exciting third phase underway, Columbia Basin College’s three-phased, $9.5 million initiative spans over 20 facilities and incorporates a variety of energy efficiency upgrades to enhance classroom and building comfort, while reducing energy consumption through:
Lighting retrofits and occupancy controls
Intelligent building automation system
Animated sign replacement
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
How much does it cost and how much will Columbia Basin College save?
The $9.5-million energy initiative is being funded with an energy savings performance contract. By managing and optimizing energy use, higher education institutions can leverage energy and operational savings to support strategic educational objectives.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy efficient schools can lower their annual operating costs by up to 30 percent. As increasing energy costs continue to consume annual operating budgets, cash-strapped schools have found improving the performance of their schools facilities an innovative way to free up funds to help pay for building improvements and other upgrades that enhance the learning environment.
Additionally, using a $750,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, Schneider Electric will install a photovoltaic solar array on the roof of Columbia Basin College’s business building which will contribute to the institution’s annual energy and operational cost savings of more than $224,000 annually. That savings will initially be dedicated to paying off the cost of the improvements. Additionally, by replacing aging infrastructure, Columbia Basin College will reduce its deferred maintenance backlog across its building, lighting, water and mechanical systems for decades to come.
In addition to energy cost savings, the project will generate environmental savings equivalent to planiting 360,801 trees, removing 1,836 cars from the road or powering 1,164 homes.
Schneider Electric, with offices in Spokane, Seattle, and Battle Ground, has become an integral part of Columbia Basin College’s organization and provides the professional services and support needed to excel in energy efficiency and sustainability.
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Columbia Basin College Mission
“CBC upholds an environment of diversity, fairness, equity, and sustainability, providing opportunities for the people of Benton and Franklin counties to succeed in their pursuit of higher educational achievement, meaningful employment, and basic skills development, while promoting cultural enrichment and well-being for its community.”