Pulaski County and the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO) recently executed a $4.96 million energy and water savings performance contract, through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) Program, to address the county’s deferred maintenance concerns while improving county facilities’ operations. This public-private partnership is possible though Arkansas’ Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings Act. Entegrity Energy Partners, LLC is the Energy Services Company (ESCO) performing the work for the project.
The performance contract is entirely budget neutral and guarantees energy and water savings of more than $8 million dollars for the county, over the financing term of 15 years. The savings are realized through improved equipment efficiency, including new LED lighting, water fixtures, HVAC replacements and building controls. Additionally, AEO estimates the economic impact of the project to exceed $15 million for the Central Arkansas economy.
“We are proud to be the first county in the state to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by AEPC program,” said Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde. “These improvements will help the environment and save the county money in labor and material costs—ultimately saving tax payer dollars.”
Photos: (above) Twenty-year-old chiller that cools the county courthouse. (below) New air-cooled scroll compressor chiller set to arrive within the next 90 days has a sound reduction package and ice storage capability to reduce operating costs.