College College received a check today from Oncor rewarding two of its campuses – Collin Higher Education Center, located in McKinney, TX, and the Courtyard Center, located in Plano, TX, for recently installing energy efficient lighting and cooling equipment.
By installing the more efficient lighting and cooling systems, the college received a cash incentive from Oncor for $30,947.17 as part of its participation in Oncor’s Educational Facilities Program, and it reduced the energy costs for the two campuses by an average of 207,837 kWh annually.
Oncor sponsors the Educational Facilities Program to help educate colleges and schools about energy efficiency and to fund energy reduction measures as part of its objective to lower energy use. The program provides educational material, technical assistance and monetary incentives to schools based on energy conservation measures. In 2010, educational facilities in the Oncor service area saved 16,097,668 kWh (enough energy to power 36,000 ENERGY STAR homes for a month, according to the Environmental Protection Agency) and were awarded a total of $ $3,484,195 for their energy savings.
“Collin College has always been focused on identifying ways to conserve energy,” said Ralph Hall, district vice president of administrative services and CFO for the college. “Given that energy costs are not ‘fixed’ and can be reduced by 5% to 20% by effectively managing, maintaining and operating more energy efficient facilities, it makes good fiscal sense to participate in programs like Oncor’s Educational Facilities Program.”
In addition to providing incentive checks to colleges and schools like Collin College who are proactively upgrading campuses to make them more energy efficient, Oncor also offers free energy planning to all schools in its service area. Oncor works with each campus to identify energy saving measures at existing facilities as well as incorporate efficient design into any new construction.
“The Collin College board of trustees has been vigilant in efforts to take advantage of the programs offered by Oncor,” said Michael Baldwin, Oncor area manager. “Their combined efforts throughout the have not only resulted in cash incentives being awarded to the college but more importantly, sustainable energy savings that reduce the college’s energy bills month after month.”
Oncor’s Educational Facilities Program is offered at no cost to the participating colleges and schools and truly helps to transform how schools think and act toward energy use. The program helps colleges and schools minimize energy usage and provides incentives for infrastructure improvements. These combined benefits help colleges and schools ensure a more optimum learning environment for students.
Oncor offers more than 30 energy efficiency programs that help homeowners, businesses, schools and governments save energy. For more information on Oncor’s energy efficiency initiatives, visit www.takealoadofftexas.com.