Pensacola State College may be finishing its academic year, but its goal to make the campus more energy efficient never ends. For its energy saving practices, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is honoring Pensacola State with its Triple E Award for Energy Efficiency Efforts.
“Costs matter to colleges and universities, because they strive to be good stewards of tuition and donations,” said PSC Chairman Gary Clark. “Pensacola State found a way to not only save costs by reducing energy use, but to also increase student safety with more efficient and effective campus lighting.”
Pensacola State worked with Gulf Power Company to upgrade its parking lot lighting to LED at all five campus locations. More than 550 installations/replacements were completed in 2018, and the College is expected to realize a total energy savings of over $88,000 annually. As a result of this success, the College is now researching lighting upgrades for its tennis and handball courts and its baseball and softball fields.
“Savings in monthly energy bills result in increased dollars to invest in the College’s academic programs,” said Diane Bracken, Director of Facilities. “Our work with Gulf Power helped us implement much needed improvements to our parking lot lighting—and save energy and money at the same time.”
“We’re happy to work with organizations and individuals to help them learn how energy efficiency can benefit their bottom line,” said Susan Melians, Vice President of Customer Service and External Relations, Gulf Power Company. “What Pensacola State College has accomplished is a positive example of how our successful collaborations achieve energy goals.”
Covering the state’s five major geographic areas, each quarter the PSC presents its Triple E Award to a local business that has accomplished superior energy efficiency. Look for past Triple E Award recipients under Hot Topics on the PSC’s homepage, www.FloridaPSC.com. The PSC encourages cost-effective conservation and renewable energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels and defer the need for new generating capacity through the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.
About Pensacola State College
Pensacola State College is a public, comprehensive community college that was founded as Pensacola Junior College in 1948. As the oldest and largest college in the Panhandle, PSC serves traditional and non-traditional students in Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama. Visit https://www.pensacolastate.edu/about-psc/ for more information.
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