Energy Efficiency Projects
At the May 10th Victor Valley College Board of Trustees general meeting a contract with Compass Energy Solutions was approved.
These campus energy projects consist of:
- Campus-wide exterior and parking lot lighting replacements;
- Upgrading the campus energy management system (EMS); and
- Tying the Allied Health Building to the Central Plant for a more efficient Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system.
Overall, these project will save the District $8.8 million dollarsover the next 25 years.
Main Gymnasium H.V.A.C. Upgrade
The old evaporative cooling system in the Main Gymnasium was outdated and unreliable for years. In June 2010, Carrier Johnson Architects designed a new, reliable and efficient H.V.A.C. system. Air-Ex was awarded the contract in September 2010 and this project was completed in February 2011.
Solar Generating Facility
On November 10, 2009, the VVCCD Board of Trustees approved moving forward with a 1 MegaWatt Solar Generating Facility. The system uses large area lenses to focus sunlight on small areas of photovoltaic cells, creating a high concentration of direct sunlight and higher efficiency. The system consists of a 122 panel array that covers approximately 6 acres of the lower campus. Each array is 18 feet tall by 26 feet wide. The system tracks the sun independently throughout the day and will produce roughly 30% of the college's electricity demand. This equals approximately $20 million in savings over the next 25 years. This amount includes $4 million in incentives from the California Solar Initiative and an additional $2 million in avoided cost, tariff and renewable energy credit savings in the first 5 years.