Project will reduce university’s energy usage by 32%, includes largest public solar array in state
Performance Services, a design-build energy performance contractor based out of Indianapolis, IN, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) have signed a wide ranging $19.3 million energy performance contract through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) Program. The project will deliver LED lighting, water, building envelope, HVAC, and controls upgrades across campus. Additionally, the campus’ chilled water loop will be optimized and re-engineered for maximum efficiency. The keystone of the project is a 321 KwH photovoltaic solar array that will rank as the largest public solar installation in Arkansas once completed.
The energy performance contract is the largest of its kind completed under the AEPC Program. Once completed, the project will decrease UAPB’s energy consumption by a sizeable 32%, making UAPB the first state university to meet the 30% energy reduction mandate signed into law by Act 1494 of 2009. Energy savings from these improvements are guaranteed by Performance Services to cover the costs of installation on an annual basis over 19 years.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Performance Services to make significant strides to improve our energy infrastructure,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, chancellor of UAPB. “These upgrades will benefit everyone in the Golden Lion community.”
UAPB and Performance Services worked with the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), administrator of the AEPC Program, to develop the project. The office offers assistance to state agencies, institutions of higher learning, municipalities and counties through its seven-step AEPC program. “This project quite demonstrably shows UAPB’s commitment to environmental sustainability and campus improvement on a large scale,” said Chet Howland, energy program manager for AEO. “Further, the economic benefits of such an undertaking cannot be understated, as we estimate the project will result in an economic impact of more than $60 million to Jefferson County and Pine Bluff while remaining budget neutral for the university.”
About Performance Services
Performance Services, Inc. is a full service, Energy Savings Company (ESCO) provider specializing in design-build and performance contract (EPC) high-performing building solutions to education, healthcare and government facilities in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and other renewables are integral to its portfolio of services. Dedicated to reducing energy costs and enhancing learning and working environments since 1998, the company has helped customers achieve the Energy Star label of excellence at more than 100 buildings to date. Headquarters are located in Indianapolis, IN.