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Energy Conservation Upgrades and Infrastructure Improvements
(Updated April 15, 2021)
City facilities and City property including City Hall, Campbell Community Center, Maintenance Yard, Campbell Museum, Ainsley House, various park sites and non-LED City-owned streetlights.
What is ESCO?
Energy Services Companies (ESCO) specialize in conducting facility assessments with the goal of identifying projects and solutions to improve infrastructure, conserve energy, reduce energy costs, and decrease operations and maintenance costs. ESCO projects are typically a collection of smaller projects whereby the collective energy and financial savings can be used to offset the cost of the funding required to implement the improvements. Only projects that provide sufficient estimated energy savings within a specific time period are recommended for inclusion and implementation. This is because the financial value of projects developed by ESCO are directly linked to the actual energy cost savings.
The proposed energy conservation and infrastructure improvement projects are estimated to reduce electrical consumption by 1,640,000 kWh annually and natural gas consumption by 23,172 therms annually and also reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 862 metric tons.
The positive environmental impacts associated with the proposed energy conservation and infrastructure improvements are consistent with City’s goals for positive environmental impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions as identified in the General Plan.
In February 2020, the City entered into an Energy Services Contract Agreement with Syserco Energy Solutions (an Energy Services Company, ESCO) of Fremont, CA to provide turnkey services for the proposed “Energy Conservation Upgrades and Infrastructure Improvements” project.
Syserco identified the following six energy efficiency upgrades and infrastructure improvements at the City facilities and City property:
- Energy Management System upgrades at City Hall and the Community Center
- HVAC Unit Replacements at City Hall and the Community Center
- HVAC Unit Refurbishments at City Hall and the Community Center
- Interior/Exterior LED Lighting Efficiency Upgrades at City Hall, the Community Center, 2nd St Parking Garage, Corp Yard, Campbell Museum, Ainsley House and various park sites
- Duct work sealing at City Hall
- LED Lighting Retrofit Upgrades of remaining non-LED City-owned streetlights
The status of the energy efficiency upgrades and infrastructure improvements are nearing completion. The status of the upgrades are as follows:
1. Energy Management System Upgrades at City Hall and the Community Center
The energy management system upgrades are complete. The systems are being monitored for peak efficiencies and adjustments.
2. HVAC Unit Replacements at City Hall and The Community Center
The HVAC replacements at both locations are complete.
3. HVAC Unit Refurbishments at City Hall and The Community Center
The HVAC refurbishments at City Hall are complete. The HVAC refurbishments at The Community Center are 75% complete and will be fully-completed in June or July, 2021. Final testing of all the refurbished units for peak efficiencies and operations will be performed upon completion.
4. Interior/Exterior LED Lighting Efficiency Upgrades at City Hall, The Community Center, 2nd Street Parking Garage, Maintenance Yard, Campbell Museum, Ainsley House and Various Park Sites
All interior and exterior building lighting upgrades are complete. There are a few minor items that are being addressed.
5. Duct Work Sealing at City Hall
The duct work sealing at City Hall is complete.
6. LED Lighting Retrofit Upgrades of Remaining Non-LED City-Owned Streetlights
The LED retrofit upgrades are complete.
The total lump sum price for the proposed energy conservation and infrastructure improvements is approximately $4.1M. The funding will be through the PG&E On-Bill Financing (OBF) Program and the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) “Energy Conservation Assistance Act” also provides low-interest (1%) loans to government agencies to implement energy savings projects with a minimal amount from City funds to cover the balance of the project costs. The City will recognize savings in utility costs of approximately $353,000 annually (in 2020 dollars). These savings are proposed to be used initially to finance the cost of the improvements. Once the project costs are paid off, these would be direct savings to the City.