As part of the project, upgraded LED lighting was installed in Applied Arts, Harvey Hall, Jarvis Hall and the Sports and Fitness Center, saving an estimated 1,274,449 kilowatt-hours. Destratification fans, which will provide an even greater reduction in energy usage, were installed in Johnson Fieldhouse and the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Fitness Center; and building envelope weatherization improvements are planned for 22 campus buildings.
The engineering design report determined the project will reduce campus annual electric energy purchases by 9% and natural gas usage by 2%. It is expected to save UW-Stout approximately $172,187 annually. Payback on the cost is expected in about 16 years.
The savings will be measured, verified and guaranteed by the Energy Service Company. Franklin Energy, a conservation consultant that delivers energy efficiency programs for more than 60 utility and government partners across the U.S. and Canada, reviewed the proposal.
Sustainability Manager Kadi Wright is excited about the project. “It will decrease our energy consumption and continue our work of shifting to renewable energy,” she said.
As a Charter Signatory of the Carbon Commitment, the project will help UW-Stout’s commitment to being carbon-neutral by 2050, decreasing the university’s carbon emissions by 1,431 metric tons annually.
“We are committed to neutralizing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and this project is a step in that direction,” Wright added.
The budget is estimated at $2,767,000. Construction is expected to be completed in March 2024.
The project was approved by the Wisconsin State Building Commission last summer, part of a $71 million approval for key projects across the state to modernize infrastructure and to make sure buildings operate efficiently and safely.