The University of Southern California (USC), has been awarded a US$1 million rebate check from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).Los Angeles, California – September 3, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The rebate covers installations for lighting and chillers at USC’s main downtown campus and health sciences campus in East Los Angeles. The projects covered by the rebate will result in savings equal to the amount of electricity consumed annually by 3,000 homes. The efficiency projects are part of a five-year US$10 million Master Energy Plan that have realized 10 percent savings in USC’s peak power usage, reducing the average 25 MW peak load by 3 MW. “The savings we’ve realized have resulted from a variety of measures from the simple to the complex, including new light bulbs and also major construction efforts,” said Maurice Hollman, USC’s associate senior vice president for Facilities Management. “The Master Energy Program was developed by a group of talented facilities management people whose vision and technical expertise have positioned USC at the forefront of campus conservation efforts.” A new state-of-the-art energy control center provides the capability to monitor and fine-tune energy supply and usage across the campus. Another major investment was the construction of a roughly 1,500 square foot air conditioning chiller plant in the basement of USC’s Physical Education Building, with pipes running underground to supply chilled water to 30 buildings across campus. The system replaced the individual chillers that cooled each building. The Energy Efficiency Program of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is part of the award-winning and internationally recognized Green LA program that also include Green Power, Solar Power, Trees for a Green LA, Cool Schools for a Green LA, Electric Transportation and Recycling programs.