ARKADELPHIA, Ark. — Schneider Electric has partnered with Henderson State University in an energy savings performance contract to assist with the university’s utility, technology, and deferred maintenance initiatives. The two-phased project is expected to help the school generate savings of more than $9 million in energy and operational efficiencies over 20 years.

Phase one of the project was completed in May 2013, and has helped the university save $237,551 annually. Now, phase two will add $281,163 in annual savings for Henderson State, totaling a savings of $518,714 per year.

“In addition to providing efficient and reliable service to our students, faculty, and staff — we’re on track to reduce our energy consumption by 30 percent,” said Bobby Jones, Henderson State’s vice president for finance and administration. “Our project will continue the strides we have made toward greater energy efficiency across campus. Having a sophisticated, real-time energy monitoring system also ties into initiatives outlined in Priority Four of our university’s Strategic Plan.”

“Our mission is to help university leaders achieve their energy savings goals,” said John O’Herron, regional manager, Schneider Electric. “Henderson State is a great example of what universities can realize through our energy efficiency program. Furthermore, we look forward to reducing Henderson’s deferred maintenance backlog by 25 percent and its critical infrastructure needs by 30 percent by 2020.”

The initiative incorporates a variety of upgrades to enhance classroom and building comfort while reducing energy consumption. Phase one improvements included central steam plant boiler upgrades and replacement of fan coil units. Phase two improvements currently under construction include:

• Intelligent building automation system installations and expansions

• Central chilled water plant implementation replacing multiple outdated chillers and cooling towers across the campus

• Building envelope infiltration reduction

• Building utility sub-metering

• Lighting retrofits and occupancy controls

• Electrical distribution system upgrades including moving overhead services to underground

• Water conservation upgrades

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Publication date: 10/5/2015

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