• Appalachian State University

  • Pepco Energy Services began working with Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., in 2008, when the university was selected for an energy savings project involving 13 campus buildings. Work performed during Phase 1 was instrumental in reducing overall energy use on campus by 30 percent. With the successful conclusion of that project, Pepco Energy Services was awarded a Phase 2 project in 2013 to help the university secure additional energy savings.

    Phase 2 consists of installing $16.3 million of energy savings measures in 28 buildings that encompasses over 1.6 million square feet. These measures include automation controls; lighting, including new LED lighting equipment; high-efficiency chillers and air handlers; geothermal heating and solar thermal water systems; hot water conservation equipment; high efficiency data center infrastructure; Dark Sky compliant campus lighting and steam system improvements. This phase will be even more aggressive than Phase 1 because the primary goal is to reduce energy use by half in the largest lab building, which uses 20 percent of total campus energy. 

    To enhance and ensure project savings, Pepco Energy Services will provide ongoing measurement, verification and maintenance services over the contract term. The project will reduce Appalachian State’s annual energy usage in the target buildings by 30 percent and its water usage by 24 percent. This project will have a positive impact on the environment, reducing annual CO2 emissions by 12.7 million pounds, which is equivalent to eliminating the annual emissions from over 1,100 automobiles.

    Construction began in mid-2013 and is scheduled to be completed by late 2015.