We have a long business relationship with a price-sensitive Client down in downtown Manhattan. Demand Response, energy incentives and lighting retrofits are some of the solutions we regularly apply to this Client.
As a result, their building staff loves to implement as much of the energy conservation measures themselves and has many success stories. The in-house staff has designed and deployed a Schneider Controls building management system (BMS). Most noteworthy, building engineers installed both hardware and software portions of the BMS.
Hence we have tried many times to get this customer to expand their BMS system. The expansion would include automated demand response. Luckily as part of our Demand Response offering, we install a lite version of GreenConnect, our versatile energy analytics platform. Within a few minutes of logging into GreenConnect, patterns started to come to life. Noticeably, the building’s summer kW demand starting in May hovers around 1350 kW, all day, and all night….
Soon after observing this phenomena, the building manager sent the building engineer together with LCA to investigate. What we found was interesting, and of course sadly common in many BMS applications.
With the help of GreenConnect and not to mention the building engineers, we were able to convince this Client to install VFD’s and additional BMS sensors. The projected savings is around 230,000 kWh/year which saves the Owner about $35,000, every year. Furthermore a cash incentive from ConEdison for this type of project can run in the neighborhood of $40,000 which would result in a one year payback to the Owner.
Simple adjustments to a building’s operation can lead to a long term positive impact on the environment, and one’s wallet. Take a look at the lifetime impact of the measure below.
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LC Associates has extensive experience in generated cash incentives, energy savings, and broad insight into strategic building operations. Give us a call to schedule a meeting or take a tour of your facility and see how we can help your business reduce energy costs and make a positive impact on the environment.