Schneider Electric, an energy management and services company, along with Fort Bend County, Texas today announced the construction completion on the third phase of an energy efficiency project to further reduce energy costs and improve facility infrastructure. The previous two project phases successfully lowered the County’s utility bills and reduced maintenance expenses. The newest phase will improve performance of the County’s jail facilities.
In recent years, Fort Bend County has been challenged with increasing energy and operational costs at the jail due to aging infrastructure that was consuming increasing amounts of energy over time. The County also desired to modernize infrastructure and technology but lacked the funds for the upgrades. Because of the energy efficiency partnership, Fort Bend County generated savings to fund major mechanical and electrical renovations throughout the jail without being a financial burden for the community.
Notable improvements that have modernized the jail facilities include:
- Retrofitting lighting with state of the art, long life LED technology
- Replacing antiqued mechanical equipment
- Updating the building automation system (BAS) for better control and efficiency
- Optimizing water fixtures to reduce consumption
Fort Bend County’s comprehensive energy efficiency project will generate approximately $8,225,000 in energy savings over the life of the project. Additionally, the project is expected to reduce Fort Bend County’s jail utility budget, saving more than $233,581 in annual energy costs.
“Our mission is to help Counties like Fort Bend achieve their energy savings and sustainability goals,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Services at Schneider Electric.
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