From left to right: PG&E representatives Lia White, North Valley Senior Manager, Eddie Alvarado, Account Manager,
and Tino Nava, Customer Relationship Manager present a rebate check to Butte College President Kimberly Perry.
On November 6, 2012, voters approved Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act. A part of the proposition awarded approximately $300 million dollars to community colleges over the next five years for energy efficiency retrofits, clean energy installations, and energy system improvements to reduce costs and achieve energy and environmental benefits.
Butte College Facilities staff developed a Building Automation Systems (BAS) project that met Proposition 39 requirements of reducing energy costs, and avoiding future utility cost increases. The total cost of the project was $420,810. This District received $37,850 in energy efficiency incentives from PG&E for its upgrade project. The estimated savings includes: $17,000 in electricity, $5,224 in gas and $8,416 in maintenance, for a total savings of roughly $30,640 the first year.
Tino Nava, PG&E Account Manager, presented a rebate check to Butte College for its efforts to enhance the ability of HVAC controls to schedule operation at the zone level, along with adding a chilled water (CHW) temperature reset scheme at the Allied Health Building, implementation of Zone level scheduling at the Allied Health, Technology, Business Education, Life Science, Chico Center, Student and Administrative Services and Learning Resource Center buildings. Previously seven buildings controlled HVAC at the unit level, and the new controls allow the College to control heating and cooling at the zone level.
PG&E estimates the project will amount to a savings of 130,500 kilowatt hours and 6,530 therms per year.