NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (PTC) - Pulaski Tech is receiving $17,199.99 in rebate incentives through Entergy Arkansas's CitySmart program for energy upgrades made at the college's Little Rock-West campus.
Representatives from Entergy and CLEAResults, a Austin, Texas-based company that helped PTC identify energy efficient programs, will present a check to college officials at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Administration building lobby on the Main Campus in North Little Rock.
"Encouraging our customers to use electric energy efficiently is good for business and good for the environment," said Richard Smith, Entergy Arkansas' manager of Utility Business Development & Support. "It makes electricity bills more affordable and is a key component in our long-term strategy for meeting customer demand for electricity."
The upgrades also are helping the college meet energy reduction goals established by Act 1494.
"Simple upgrades - such as the replacing older model fixtures with more energy efficient ones is a small change, but the savings can really add up over time," said Sam Drennan, the college's facilities and business manager. "The overall goal is to reduce our carbon footprint."
The upgrades at Pulaski Tech's Little Rock-West site would have cost $70,000, but the PTC physical plant staff did the work themselves at a cost of $23,000. They saved another $3,000 by recycling the medal in the old bulbs, Drennan said.
The upgrades included:
•Replacing 432 of the old 2-by-4-foot, T12 florescent light fixtures with more efficient T8 lighting
•Installing 70 time-delay, motion sensor lights throughout Little Rock-West, so that lights automatically shut off in unoccupied rooms
•Installing seven-day programmable thermostats on the air-conditioning units
•Insulating all lowside air-conditioning lines to improve efficiency
•Replacing exterior wall lighting with high-efficient LED lighting
•Adding controls on vending machines so lights shut off in periods of downtime
The upgrades will help PTC save about $12,500 annually at Little Rock-West. The overall goal is to reduce the college's $1.8 million annual electric bill by about $600,000.
Similar improvements will be made this spring and summer to the Saline County Career Center, and the college hopes to receive a similar rebate once the work is done.
All together, the college plans about $1 million in energy upgrades, but the improvements would pay for themselves over a three-year period, with cost savings of over $300,000 annually.