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SaskPower helping U of R go even greener

By Everett Dorma Posted: May 25, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Burning bright in a more sustainable way.
Burning bright in a more sustainable way. Photo: U of R Photography.

The University of Regina is becoming more energy efficient – saving  money and resources. The projects are happening with support from SaskPower’s energy efficiency programs.

The first bright idea is the $1.68 million Campus Lighting Revitalization Project. Crews are  replacing older inefficient lighting on the main campus with energy-efficient low-wattage lights. The project, which started in May, will see half of the main campus buildings completed this summer and the remaining half in the summer of 2016.
 
“This is a very positive initiative for the campus and we appreciate the participation of SaskPower in providing funding and technical support to help make this happen,” says Kelly Waldal, Project Manager in Facilities Management at the University.

The savings for the new lighting is expected to be $157,000 annually – with additional benefits.

“Maintenance costs will also be reduced as the LED lights have a longer life span and provide improved lighting compared to the less-efficient high-pressure sodium and fluorescent bulbs currently being used,” explains Waldal.

A Program Consultant with SaskPower, Dallas Munro, says, “The University of Regina is one of our largest institutional power customers, and we’re pleased to support these green initiatives that reduce energy consumption and costs. By helping customers reduce their power consumption, we’re also minimizing the need to build new infrastructure required to generate additional power.”

More energy savings are on the way. Energy Management Information System (EMIS) enables people and departments to manage energy use and costs. This project will be completed in 2016 with more details to come.

As well, by 2017 the University expects to have upgraded its heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, with a focus on the Lab Building.  

In all, these projects over three years will cost $3.3 million, but will save money and resources in the long run.

All this follows the U of R's recent move towards a cleaner way to clean, using ozonated water rather than chemicals.

The latest energy efficiency initiatives support the University’s new strategic plan, which identifies sustainability as a strategic priority area.

For information on what people can do to reduce power consumption visit SaskPower.