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Energy consumption is the second highest source of greenhouse gas emissions at Cal Poly Pomona. By providing cleaner, more efficient energy infrastructure, utilizing on-site renewable energy, and educating the campus community on ways to reduce energy consumption, the university can significantly reduce its impact on the environment.

What CPP is Doing

Energy Service Agreements (ESA) Phase II

Phase II of the Energy Service Agreement will be to perform energy efficiency measures to five major academic facilities (Buildings 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8) and the Chilled Water Central Plant.  An Investment Grade Audit (IGA) of the buildings’ lighting and mechanical systems was conducted by a Chancellor’s Office pre-approved energy service company, AECOM. Equipment lease financing will then be used to finance the construction work with verified energy savings with over $480K incentive funds from the existing UC/CSU/IOU partnership program to assist in the repayment of the project. Construction activities are anticipated to begin in spring of 2011 with projected completion by the summer of 2012. When completed, this project will save over 2M kWh of electricity, annually, which would equate to an annual cost savings of over $260,000 and elimination of over 1,000 metric-tons of greenhouse gases.

CLA & CBA Heating Boiler Plant

When timing for the replacement of the old and inefficient heating boilers for the CLA Building coincided with the construction for a new College of Business Administration (CBA) building, it provided an opportunity for an energy efficiency project by combining two stand alone boiler plants into a single highly efficient boiler plant that would serve both buildings. The new combined plant will be housed in the existing boiler room in the CLA Building and will efficiently produce hot water to heat the two buildings. The combined plant would not only eliminate the need to install and maintain four new boilers and natural gas service in the new CBA building, but it will also have an annual energy saving of nearly 25,000 therms of natural gas and over 41,000 kWh of electricity.  It is anticipated to save over $30,000 in O&M and eliminate over 140 metric tons of greenhouse gas, annually. The project will be funded using FM Deferred Maintenance, Major Capital Outlay and Energy Incentive funds.

Buildings Energy Sub-Metering Buildings Phase I

First of a three phase planned sub-metering project to determine actual energy consumptions in most major facilities on campus.  In this first phase, we will install electric and natural gas sub-meters on all state facilities that are served by the Central Chilled Water Plant.  The new sub-meters will be networked to the central energy management system and programmed to track actual energy consumption in each facilities. Energy consumption baseline will be established and higher than normal baseline facilities will be identified for further energy conservation measures.

Streets & Walkways Lighting Retrofit Phase I

First phase of a three year plan to retrofit or change out old and inefficient street and walkway lighting fixtures.  New energy efficient induction fluorescent fixtures will be used to reduce energy consumption by 40 to 50 percent, while providing longer lamp life and improved lighting efficacy.

Biotechnology Building 4 Laboratory Controls

To improve energy efficiency and to enhance indoor air quality, we are installing a very sophisticated OptiNet Laboratory Aircuity Control System in the Biotechnology Building.  The aircuity system will continuously monitor indoor air particulates and compounds in laboratory spaces and adjust the ventilation systems to optimize indoor air quality and energy conservation.   The system is expected to save over $130K per year in energy savings.

Continuous Monitoring Base Commissioning & Kiosks Phase I

First phase of a planned strategy to integrate building energy management systems with energy sub-metering data to continuously monitor and provide performance feedback to improve energy efficiency of the building HVAC systems.  Buildings 5, 6, 7, 9 and the central plant will be connected to a powerful web-based energy analytical and management tools for the continuous monitoring and commissioning of the mechanical systems.  System performance reports will be generated for technicians to make adjustments and improvements for optimum operation and energy efficiency.  Energy kiosks will also be installed in main lobbies of the four academic buildings to display actual energy consumptions and GHG emissions.

Solar Photovoltaic Phase III

Using Chancellor’s Office initiated RFP for solar power purchase agreement; we are one of seventeen CSU campuses to be entertaining proposals for the installation of photovoltaic systems on the Parking Structure, Parking Lot U, and Engineering Laboratory Building 17. 

Spadra Solar Park

Working with Foundation and Amonix to develop a renewable power generation Solar Park on Spardra Farm.  Project is anticipated to generate over 5 megawatts of solar power on 30 acres of unused farmland.  If Amonix is successful with their offer of sale of SCE, Amonix will execute a 25 year land lease to generate and sell utility grade clean renewable solar power to SCE.

ETAP DART Wireless HVAC Controls

Federally funded Energy Technology Assistant Program (ETAP) will provide much needed incentive dollars to install Discharged Air Regulation Technique (DART) wireless HVAC control systems in Buildings 1, 2, & 13.  DART system will convert constant volume air distribution system into variable air volume system for energy savings.  By combining all available incentive dollars, project will have less than 3 years payback with a caveat that work must be completed by the end of calendar year.