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Findlay City Schools has just completed a significant $2.9 million upgrade to a number of school facilities. The project was enabled by a creative combination of grants, rebates, and self-funding energy efficiency upgrades developed through Columbus, Ohio energy firm Plug Smart. "We knew some of our building infrastructure systems like our boilers were reaching end-of-life conditions," states Findlay City Schools Maintenance Supervisor, Dennis Doolittle. "With potential major repairs in our future, we wanted to get ahead of the problems by exploring renovation programs with a number of energy firms. In the end, Plug Smart came back to us with a very creative program that enabled us to actually pay for the project through guaranteed energy savings."
Energy efficiency is a very real resource with a very compelling reason for utilities and businesses to invest in it: it’s typically the lowest-cost way to meet customers’ energy needs.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and Ohio Development Services Agency are partnering during Energy Awareness Month to educate Ohioans on how to better manage their energy use. Throughout October, the agencies will provide tips on better understanding energy consumption and energy efficiency, as well as information on energy assistance programs.
After being invited to present her research for the Industrial Assessment Center Directors Meeting earlier this month, University of Dayton's lead engineer Alex Brogan was honored to have her team awarded as the 2015 Center of Excellence. Brogan is now putting her skills to use at Plug Smart.
Alex Brogan is the newest member of the Plug Smart engineering team, and is representing the company at a meeting of Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Directors.
Plug Smart is busy installing new mechanical systems at Naples Community Hospital (NCH) in Florida. As a 24/7 facility, mission-critical systems have to be replaced in a live switch, or without any shut-down period. Read on for updates on the first round of energy-saving projects which the hospital is investing millions in over a 5-year implementation period.