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.
- 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.