Keuka College receives $168K energy rebate
KEUKA PARK--Keuka College will be the recipient of a $168,351 efficiency rebate provided by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Robert Schick, chair of the Keuka College board of trustees and president of the Lyons National Bank, will accept the check on behalf of the college for energy and conservation measures undertaken in campus facilities. He will accept the check during the college's Wednesday, June 24, board of trustees meeting.
The measures are part of a $4 million campus-wide modernization project that will reduce Keuka College's environmental impact while increasing the productivity and comfort of students, faculty, staff and guests to the campus. The upgrades will include LED lighting and adaptive energy management strategies, and ultimately reduce Keuka College's operational expenses by more than $6 million over 20 years.
"Environmental sustainability is an important component of Keuka College's long-range strategic plan," said Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, president of Keuka College. "We are committed to investments in sustainable technologies, and this project will reduce the main campus' carbon footprint by more than 14 percent each year."
"The 14 percent reduction is equivalent to 709 metric tons of CO2, the same emitted by more than 79,700 gallons of gasoline," added Jerry Hiller, vice president for finance and administration.
Keuka College's leadership team evaluated numerous investment options, ultimately selecting a blend of financial and technical performance. Funding for the project was obtained through a financing program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development assistance program.
The project will be delivered by Trane and includes new natural gas-fired heating plants to service 12 buildings, several high-efficiency heating, ventilating, air conditioning (HVAC) systems, exterior LED lighting, complete renovation of Harrington Hall's comfort systems and a web-based energy management platform to maximize performance and efficiency.