Grand Valley received an incentive rebate check for $116,280 from Consumers Energy as part of the utility’s Energy Efficiency program, a key component of Michigan’s energy reform law. A check was presented to Facilities Services on November 30.
The university received the rebate for installing two new high-efficiency chillers at the Central Utilities Building on the Allendale Campus. The improvements are expected to save Grand Valley 195,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The incentives are offered under the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008.
Grand Valley has been an active participant in the Energy Efficiency program. Since 2009, the university has either completed or has underway 33 projects totaling nearly $300,000 in potential Energy Efficiency incentives and potentially will save Grand Valley more than 2.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.