As many of you
may have heard, VVC's Board of Trustees approved an agreement
with Chevron Energy Solutions at the August board meeting.
This agreement includes projects that will provide innovative
and comprehensive solutions that will showcase Victor Valley
College as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy
technology in Southern California.
Building environments will be improved with the implementation
of these energy conservation measures. More efficient and
reliable boilers, chillers, lighting systems, and energy
management systems not only reduce energy usage but will
in turn improve the learning and working environment for
the students, faculty, and staff.
When these projects are completed VVC will have reduced:
- 1,446 tons/year of Greenhouse Gas (CO2) avoided
- 2,373 pounds/year of NOx - Acid Rain avoided
- Equivalent to preserving 11 acres/year of forest from deforestation
- Equivalent to removing 284 cars/year off the highways
These projects include a complete upgrade of our Central
Plant, a new energy management system, a new computerized
irrigation system, heating and ventilation improvements in
the Art, Gym, Performing Arts Center, and Counseling/Administration
buildings. Mechanical upgrades and complete change-out of
air distribution equipment, and lighting upgrades in virtually
every building on campus are also included in the projects.
VVC will be receiving $305,975 in incentive dollars from
Southern California Edison through the Public Utilities Commission
by installing this energy efficient equipment, which exceeds
the Title 24 requirements based on actual reduction in energy
We hope to proceed into a second phase of projects in the
near future that may include additional buildings being retrofitted
to work off the Central Plant and possibly some wind turbine
and photo voltaic (solar panels) projects.
The hydronic piping portion for the Central Plant will start
as early as Monday September 18th. Lighting retrofits
will also begin in certain classrooms as soon as Monday with the
major portion to be completed over the Christmas break. Work
will continue at the Central Plant into March of next year.
As these projects proceed, you will see Chevron
Energy Solutions representatives and construction crews out and about the
campus. Their "home base" is the construction trailer
located in the parking lot behind the library.
The Facilities Construction department thanks you in advance
for your patience during all of the ongoing construction
projects and energy efficiency measures.
Please feel free to contact Steve Garcia with any questions
or concerns you may have at extension 2250.