(COLLEGE STATION, TX) – The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) in Temple was awarded a $29,878 cash incentive from Oncor’s Educational Facilities Program (EFP) for installing a high efficiency air cooling system for the campus.
The EFP helps schools save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the equipment will save. The chiller system will save nearly 118,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which is equal to powering 10 homes for one year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.
“Oncor’s Educational Facilities Program provides vital resources to help improve the learning environment for our students,” said TAMHSC Director of Utilities Richard Lynn, P.E., LEED AP. “With the energy savings, we can continue making positive changes for the next generation.”
The EFP also provides no-cost technical assistance to ensure the TAMHSC selects the appropriate high efficiency equipment. As part of its participation in the program, the institution will continue evaluating energy efficiency opportunities.
“Schools are part of the fabric of the communities Oncor serves. Oncor is excited about this unique program that helps schools invest in energy efficiency improvements,” said Oncor Area Manager Willie Leos. “We’re proud of the accomplishments of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and we’re pleased to reward its efforts.”
The new air cooling system is a “win-win” because TAMHSC receives a cash incentive, and the demand on Oncor systems and equipment is reduced, Lynn said.
“The Texas A&M Health Science Center is committed to reducing our energy consumption and carbon footprint,” Lynn said. “The Oncor incentive program is an excellent means to recover some of the cost to upgrade old, inefficient equipment to new high-efficiency equipment.
The Educational Facilities Program is provided by Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) as part of its commitment to reduce energy consumption and demand. For more information on the Educational Facilities Program and other efficiency programs, visit www.takealoadofftexas.com.