Rueil-Malmaison (France), April 27, 2011 – Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, announced today a project with North Carolina State University (USA) to improve energy efficiency and drive sustainable, clean energy projects in 1.6 million square feet of building space across 13 campus facilities. As part of a $20 million performance contracting project, the university will implement facility improvements, equipment upgrades and energy-efficient techniques to impact energy use, operations, reliability and comfort.
“At NC State University, we’re committed to building a sustainable campus, an effort that drives energy efficiency while offering a state-of-the-art learning environment for students,” said Kevin McNaughton, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities, North Carolina State University. “Through performance contracting, we’re able to take on these projects immediately without incurring cost to the taxpayer or the students. We are confident this strategy will reduce continuing costs, provide for better facilities to support education and research, and substantially reduce our carbon footprint."
Schneider Electric will implement new or enhanced building digital controls for greater efficiency and comfort, replacement of major building mechanical systems, lighting controls with occupancy sensors to improve lighting schemes, and water conservation fixtures. Additionally, Schneider Electric is implementing energy management solutions for tracking heating and ventilation airflow, and new utility meters for better real-time tracking of energy usage. As part of phase one, a Schneider Electric partner firm has completed installation of a solar-thermal system on the roof of the NC State University campus gym.
“Through this performance contract, we are helping the university gain critical insight into energy use and manage energy resources more effectively,” said Chris Curtis, Executive VP, Building Business, Schneider Electric. By implementing an energy efficiency project that will make a significant contribution toward reducing the carbon footprint on campus, we are helping North Carolina State University meet its institutional commitment to eliminate net greenhouse gas emission."
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 110,000 plus employees achieved sales of 19.6 billion euros in 2010, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
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