In keeping with its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Montgomery County Community College plans to use the funds from energy savings to install more energy-efficient equipment and undertake related improvements beginning this fall.
The College recently entered into a Guaranteed Energy Services Agreement with Siemens Industry Inc., Blue Bell, for the implementation of a self-funding energy conservation project.
With the energy improvements, the College expects a total guaranteed savings over the next 15 years of approximately $6,383,434 or 19 percent in energy savings. The total cost of the construction and installation is $4,051,751, which will be paid by the annual energy savings generated. The project also qualifies for $139,691 in Pennsylvania Act 129 rebates.
The project will use renewable energy sources of wind, with the installation of wind turbine generators, and solar, with the installation of roof photovoltaic panels at both campuses. The College will be converting several buildings at Central Campus from propane to natural gas.
Other proposed energy efficiency measures include:
• Retrofitting lighting with energy-efficient units;
• Weatherizing buildings;
• Installing water-conservation commodes;
• Improving heating and cooling units;
• Upgrading building automation and energy management system; and
• Improving the power management of networked computers.
Since signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in 2007 and through the ongoing work of the President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Council, Montgomery County Community College has taken measures to reduce its carbon footprint. Recent initiatives include purchasing 100 percent of its energy from wind power, developing a compost program for organic materials, operating a transportation shuttle service between campuses, and launching the social media carpooling tool Zimride.
For additional information on the College’s Sustainability Initiative, visit http://mc3green.wordpress.com
by Diane VanDyke