Grant: $572,300 - Department of Energy - Sep. 8, 2009
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Award Description: Activity #1 : 1) replacement of two chillers and 2) an energy efficient retrofit of the HVAC ducts at the Law Enforcement Center in Effingham. The existing chillers, a 200 ton and a 300 ton, use refrigerant 11 (a CFC ozone depleting refrigerant) which is no longer produced per the Clean Air Act of 1993 and the new chillers a 300 ton and a 265 ton variable frequency drive (VFD) will use the environmentally friendly refrigerant 134a that is not subject to be phased out per the Montreal protocol. The new 300 ton (VFD) chiller alone will lower the annual energy cost by $21,128 and the total electric kWh per year (the chiller running 24/7, 352 days a year) by 234,244. Retrofit of the HVAC ducts will increase air flow in front of the building, the chiller then senses the lowering in temperature, drops down to a minimal and cuts back on the load. Replacement of the chillers will involve purchase of the units and providing a temporary chiller for use in exchange and installation. The County will provide records of energy usage comparing the months of 2008/2009 to 2009/2010. The County is preparing to use the project as a tool/example for local industries to use as incentive to make their operations more energy efficient. The potential job retention has been calculated using the calculator and will be substantiated by amount of savings achieved. Activity #2: tinting windows of and providing insulation for the Planning building in the City of Florence. The Planning Building was, at one time, a banking institution with a wall of windows that faces the west and an addition whose windows face the east and north. The intent is to tint these windows to reduce the amount of sunlight that is transmitted into the building, therefore, reducing the amount of radiant heat that is being absorbed by the building by approximately 69% in these areas. Tinting of the windows will reduce the amount of energy that is being used to cool the building during the peak utility demand times. Insulating the same building will help to maintain the envelope of this building. The projected energy savings for insulating one floor is 45670 - 51100 kWh/yr, which gives an ROI of 32.39 - 84.44%. There are 4 floors in this building, for a possible savings of 204400 kWh/yr. The savings offered by tinting the windows and insulating the ceilings will help retain jobs through cost containment. Activity #3: Part 1 - the County will purchase automated energy controls and monitors consisting of 6 servers/$15,000 for the primary facilities in the County (Law Enforcement Center, Planning Building, Lower Florence County Public Service Building, Florence Public Service Building, Library Headquarters and EMS Headquarters), one-time license/$15,000, computer/$5,000 and miscellaneous sensors and coordinating equipment/$10,000. Part 2 - Retrofit/replace lights in the six primary facilities (see list above) at a cost of $52,990; by replacing old T-12 fixtures with new T-8 bulbs and ballasts. Any remaining incandescent lighting will be upgraded to compact florescent bulbs. Part 2 will allow the county to monitor energy consumption and provide energy savings reporting data. Part 2 will have several advantages, reduced energy usage, reduced operating costs and job retention due to cost containment. The County will share information on the project to the public and others via its website.
Project Description: Received grant award the later part of September and will be beginning the purchasing process in October.
Infrastructure Description: Activity 1-replacement 2 chillers & energy efficient retrofit of HVAC at LEC. New chiller will lower annual enrgy cost by approximately $21,128 & retrofit of HVAC ducts will assist in reducing chiller load. Activity 2-tinting windows & insulating floors at Planning building to reduce amount of radiant heat and maintain envelope of the building. Activity 3-6 primary facilites Part 1 will have automated energy controls & monitors, Part 2 retrofit/replace lights - by replacing old T-12 fixtures with T-8 bulbs & ballasts & upgrading incandescent lighting to compact florescent bulbs.
Jobs Summary: Recently received award, no jobs created. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Not Started
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