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Southern California Edison School Energy Efficiency Program classroom lighting project

From primary schools to graduate research institutions, schools and universities consume energy in unique and distinctive ways. Unlike other markets, where energy efficiency decisions are driven primarily by potential cost savings, schools—especially higher education—often experience increased demand for sustainability from student bodies. To these ends, our team understands that energy tracking and communication efforts must convey both cost savings and environmental benefits.

We combine deep school facility knowledge, unparalleled program management expertise and a clear understanding of each school’s local market to help schools develop and implement energy saving programs without cutting staff or services. Willdan has worked with many stakeholders in the education sector including teachers, students, staff, administrators and facilities managers to produce energy savings through a broad range of strategies including behavioral changes, direct retrofits, performance contracting and ECM financing.

Contact Jennifer Varnau, (713) 465-1813

Sample Schools Projects

  • CenterPoint Energy Sustainable Schools Program, TX
  • Commonweath Edison Sustainable Schools Program, IL
  • Entergy Sustainable Schools Program, TX
  • Oregon Department of Energy Senate Bill 1149 Program
  • Puget Sound Energy Energy Efficiency for Schools, WA
  • Southern California Edison (SCE) – Preschool Energy Efficiency Program, Green Schools Program
  • State of Washington OSPI Grant Program
  • State of Washington Department of Commerce Grant Program
  • Tennessee Valley Authority – Energy Efficiency for Campuses

Case Studies

Representative Project: Central Washington University

Capturing the full potential of energy efficiency improvements that exist in most higher education facilities takes considerable planning, budgeting, and execution of a long range master plan. Willdan, through Abacus Resource Management (which joined Willdan in 2015) has been applying this comprehensive approach at Central Washington University for the past 30 years.

We have helped them plan, budget, and execute over $30M in facility improvements. The energy savings have grown to 10 million KWH of electricity and one million therms of natural gas per year. This represents an annual avoided cost of $1M per year and a cumulative cost savings of nearly $15M over the past 30 years. The more significant benefit to the University has been keeping their facilities in top shape for their students.

ESCO projects at CWU have included, among others:

  • Condensing boiler stack heat recovery and distribution system at new Science Building
  • Consolidation of two central cooling plants into one, with conversion of all buildings to variable flow
  • Replacement of 5 miles of direct buried steam distribution system
  • Replacement of an obsolete campus-wide energy management system with a new open protocol BACnet system
  • HVAC and lighting improvements in nearly all buildings
  • Planning and infrastructure for a future centralized backup power system