Higher Education and Sustainability

GVSU earns $116K rebate check for efficient air conditioning

December 5, 2012
| By Pete Daly |
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Consumers Energy has presented a $116,280 incentive-rebate check to Grand Valley State University as part of the utility’s Energy Efficiency program.

The university received the rebate for installing two new high efficiency, commercial grade air conditioning systems at its Central Utilities Building on the Allendale campus. The improvements are expected to save the university 451,400 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

The incentives are offered under Michigan’s Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008.

“With more than 150 energy efficiency incentives and rebates available from Consumers Energy, improving efficiency in businesses like Grand Valley State University is easier than ever,” said Teri Van Sumeren, the utility’s manager of energy efficiency solutions.

GVSU has been an active participant in the Energy Efficiency program since 2009, with 33 projects underway or completed, totaling nearly $300,000 in potential energ-efficiency incentives. The changes may ultimately save GVSU more than 2.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year.

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