Va. announces energy efficiency project in state office buildings
The Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) and Schneider Electric are teaming to make energy efficiency improvements to multiple government buildings, according to a release.
The project includes six state office buildings, including the Patrick Henry Building that houses the governor, his cabinet and staff, and is expected to result in annual energy and operational savings of $245,000. Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2018.
“Reducing energy costs and consumption in state government has been a top priority for my administration,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. “This project will deliver facilities upgrades with no upfront capital costs to taxpayers, while reducing the amount of electricity the state uses and taxpayer dollars going to utility bills.”
Schneider Electric will implement a variety of energy conservation measures including the installation of high efficiency LED lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water waste throughout the facilities. The project will impact key DGS buildings including the historic Patrick Henry Building and the Supreme Court of Virginia, as well as other office, laboratory and warehouse buildings in Richmond.
Schneider Electric has deep experience in retrofitting historic buildings so they can benefit from modern efficiency measures while still maintaining their architectural appeal and historic integrity.
“Energy efficiency is an important component of Virginia’s strategy to diversify and build the new Virginia economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “As one of the largest consumers of electricity in the state, our government has the opportunity to drive growth in the clean energy industry by better utilizing tools such as energy performance contracting. This tool helps to stretch taxpayer dollars, while providing a pipeline of business for companies that do this important work.”
Energy performance contracting is a financing tool that the public sector can use to make capital improvements to facilities that reduces energy and water consumption and lowers energy costs with no upfront costs, according to Schneider Electric. In the last 17 years, state and local governments have completed more than $700 million in performance contracting.