Johnson Controls, a Wisconsin-based global multi-industrial company, and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro have signed a $15 million energy performance contract that will dramatically advance the university’s sustainability initiatives, including improvements to lighting, water conservation, waste management, energy management, HVAC and utility monitoring systems.
The contract, featuring a 20-year payback and operational savings, is the first of its kind in Arkansas. Recent energy legislation has enhanced the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting program. Energy performance contracting is a financing mechanism used to pay for energy efficiency improvements, which are then paid back through annual energy and operational savings.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Johnson Controls to make significant upgrades to our energy infrastructure,” said Dr. Charles L. Welch, president of the Arkansas State University System. “Those upgrades will benefit everyone in the Arkansas State community — students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus.”
The upgrades, scheduled for completion by Nov. 30, include:
- Lighting — Johnson Controls will install new LED lights and replace emergency lighting fixtures throughout campus.
- Water conservation — Johnson Controls will either replace or retrofit plumbing fixtures, toilets, urinals, aerators on lavatory faucets and kitchen sinks, and shower heads with water-efficient fixtures and systems.
- Waste management — Johnson Controls will install four industrial-grade trash compaction systems, one each at the Convocation Center, Facilities Management building, Education and Communications building and Centennial Bank Stadium.
- Energy management — Johnson Controls will make various software, server, workstation and database improvements at more than a dozen facilities throughout campus.
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) — Johnson Controls will replace an aging chiller with an energy-efficient chiller at the Information Technology Services building, three air-handling units with new units at the Education and Communications building, and two air-handling units with new units at the Lab Sciences East building.
- Lab hood improvements — The Arkansas Bioscience Institute building has several lab fume hoods which are critical during experiments and research. The existing fume hood controls are failing and causing room pressure issues, as well as excessive use of energy. Johnson Controls will replace the existing failed controls and sensors with new TSI lab controls. This will provide a safe environment for faculty and students, and decrease the building’s overall energy usage.
- Utility monitoring — Johnson Controls will install an energy management platform that will provide real-time monitoring of electric power demand and consumption.
As part of the energy performance contract, ASU will work closely with Johnson Controls and the Arkansas Energy Office to implement the upgrades. The office offers assistance to state agencies, institutions of higher learning, municipalities and counties through a seven-step energy performance contracting program.
“The Arkansas State project is setting the standard by which other energy performance contracts will be measured in the state,” said Chet Howland, energy program manager for the Arkansas Energy Office. “We expect the project to have an economic impact of more than $30 million with no upfront cost to Arkansas State, as guaranteed energy savings will pay for the project over the next two decades.”
Johnson Controls helped establish energy performance contracting in 1983 and has implemented more than 3,000 energy performance contracts in North America alone, including many at four-year colleges and universities, technical colleges and community colleges.