Geothermal

Grant Helps Install Geothermal Systems

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will provide more than US$250,000 to Cayuga Community College for an expansion project expected to be completed this spring.

Albany, New York – January 14, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Using the New York Energy $mart New Construction Program, Cayuga Community College is renovating 33,000 square feet of existing space and constructing a new two-story addition – the Regional Economic Center – that will include a geothermal heat pump system and several energy efficiency measures. “In an effort to help New York State become more energy independent, NYSERDA is helping institutions, businesses and consumers reduce energy use,” said NYSERDA President William M. Flynn. “Whether it’s new construction or retrofitting existing buildings, NYSERDA can provide cash incentives for an assortment of energy efficiency measures. As a result of our partnership, Cayuga will reduce their annual energy costs by more than US$30,000.” SAIC, Inc., an engineering firm who provides technical assistance on behalf of NYSERDA, worked with Cayuga Community College to review equipment specifications and evaluate an energy-efficient design for the expansion project. The new space will house mostly office space, classrooms and seminar rooms and use a geothermal system, a Renewable Energy source, for heating and cooling. Using the Earth’s relatively constant underground temperatures as either a heat source or heat sink, the geothermal system will reduce the cooling and heating needs of the College. “From the initial planning stages of the renovation and construction project, we focused on ways to achieve energy efficiency and conservation while enhancing the learning environment,” said Dr. Dennis Golladay, Cayuga Community College president. “In partnership with NYSERDA, we will realize that goal thus benefitting the College and the community for years to come.” Other recommended measures to be installed include high-performance windows, energy-efficient lighting, occupancy sensors and premium-efficiency motors. In addition, the school will use heat recovery ventilators that capture heat from building exhaust air to preheat outside ventilation air. By installing the above measures, Cayuga should avoid an annual energy consumption of 273,972 kWh or enough electricity to power more than 45 homes for a year. During the summer months, the College will reduce peak demand by nearly 25 kW. All New York Energy $mart programs are funded by a Systems Benefits Charge (SBC) paid by electric distribution customers of participating utilities. NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation established by law in 1975, administers SBC funds and programs under an agreement with the Public Service Commission.