University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Energy Savings Project with Solar

  • $19,338,359

    Contract Total
  • 32%

    Energy Use Reduction
  • $715,839

    Annual Utility Savings

Project Description

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff selected Performance Services to implement an energy leadership project through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) Program. The infrastructure project is a component of the university’s overall master plan and impacted 30 buildings on campus, saving 32% in annual energy costs from baseline energy consumption as well as address critical infrastructure needs. An energy manager leads a behavioral-based energy awareness and reduction program, including a web-based energy dashboard that provides¬†real-time campus energy use information to monitor and inform about campus energy consumption. The project also included the largest public solar array in Arkansas for a public university to date. UAPB is eligible to receive an estimated $1.4 million in energy savings rebates and incentives from local natural gas and electric suppliers.

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Project Highlights

  • Improved chilled water loop system infrastructure and efficiency
  • Improved HVAC infrastructure in many campus buildings
  • HVAC and Windows renovation to Harrold Housing Complex
  • Lighting upgrades in 30 buildings
  • Improved comfort and learning environment throughout campus facilities
  • Addition of a dedicated PSI Energy Manager for a two-year startup period
  • Installation of submeters for tracking of utility data
  • Building automation improvements
  • Solar PV ground mount array 321.1 kW; production estimate 455,400 kWh

The UAPB project was awarded the Innovative Energy Project of the Year Award-region IV at the Association of Energy Engineers Conference in 2018.

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