Washington and Lee University (W&L) had a long term goal to become carbon neutral. As a part of the plan, W&L selected Ameresco, Inc. to perform an energy savings performance contract through a competitive bid process. Ameresco was responsible for the development, design, implementation and on-going measurement and verification of this project.
Energy Savings Performance Contract
Guaranteed Energy Savings
ESPC Energy Project Size
Metric Tons Annual C02 Reduction
Square Feet Facility Size
The overall goal was to reduce the campus’ energy consumption and carbon footprint. Phase I was started in July of 2006 and finished construction in 2008. The project has met and exceeded its energy conservation goals to date.
Reduces the need for energy from traditional power plants fueled by fossil fuels
Upgrades to lighting in over 13,470 locations
Reduces the University’s carbon footprint by 2,787 metric tons of CO2 annually
This project enabled W&L to obtain the widest range of infrastructure improvements funded through savings while improving campus-wide operations and environmental conditions.
The scope of work included a lighting retrofit, water conservation, boiler modifications, steam traps, variable speed drives and pool systems.
Upgraded lighting included fluorescent, LED, and HID type lamps
Replaced existing standard flow toilets with low flow models
Modified lavatory and kitchen faucets with low flow tamper resistant faucet restrictors
Installed an economizer on Boiler No. 1 and Boiler No. 2 to improve efficiency