The University of Texas of
Arlington will start 2012 saving money and decreasing energy use after this
month’s completion of a $9.9 million package of efficiency-boosting facility upgrades.
Dallas-based TDIndustries Inc.
carried out the yearlong project, which will guarantee that UT Arlington saves
about $1.1 million each year in energy and maintenance costs and reduces its
energy usage by 9.8 million kilowatt hours annually. An initial evaluation of energy bills from
March 2011 through September 2011 showed the University already has saved more
than $488,000 through the project.
has been a strong partner in UT Arlington's ongoing efforts to improve energy
efficiency,” said John Hall, UT Arlington vice president for administration and
campus operations. "These projects not only save dollars, but they help
the University fulfill an important responsibility to promote
economically-sustainable practices within our campus community and the greater
North Texas region."
Fifty-five UT Arlington buildings
were involved in the upgrade. Improvements included the replacement of two
thermal energy plant chillers, upgrades to heating and air-conditioning systems
and roofing repairs and improvements.
The project was funded through a
low-interest loan from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The loan
initially will be repaid through the $1.1 million in annual energy savings.
The TDIndustries project is the
second major energy-savings initiative UT Arlington has completed since 2006.
Siemens Building Technologies
completed the first package of improvements in 2009. That project was funded
through an $18 million loan from the UT System. The University saved nearly $3
million in energy costs the first year those changes were in place and reduced
energy usage by more than 19 million kilowatt hours.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of
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