by Joshua Vail
The Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees approved an energy performance contract with Energy Solutions Professionals Tuesday at its June regular meeting.
The contract is for a project to upgrade several items on campus for improved energy efficiency and pay for it out of utility savings over a period of 10 years and four months, with financing handled by Signature Public Funding.
The project is expected to cost $3.3 million, with the college making a $175,500 down payment and $343,326 a year for 10 years.
It will include upgrading lights to LED, replacing water fixtures in older buildings, weather stripping around doors and a Variable Refrigerant Flow system replacing the old two-pipe HVAC system in several buildings.
The bulk of the HVAC upgrade is expected to be finished for the fall semester, but the control systems will not be completely installed.
Vice President for Operations Ben Smith said the process of that installation is flexible enough to limit class disruption.
The project was previously discussed at the May regular meeting. An initial approval was given for the Overland Park-based Energy Solutions Professionals to do a full study of the college’s energy efficiency and create the contract that was approved at Tuesday’s meeting.