Dallas, TX (PRWEB) July 10, 2015
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, along with the City of Jasper, Ala., today announced a citywide energy renovation program to save energy costs and reduce carbon emissions. The $2.8 million contract marks major upgrades to the City of Jasper facilities, including an almost century-old city hall. The project will amount to more than $3.6 million in energy savings over the next 20 years.
In recent years, Jasper has been challenged with increasing energy and operational costs due to its aging infrastructure that consumes increasing amounts of energy over time. The city has also had to cope with aging technology that it has not had the funds to modernize. Thanks to a capital recovery and reinvestment program with Schneider Electric, Jasper is now able to implement major mechanical, electrical, IT and building envelope renovations throughout the city without being a financial burden for citizens.
Schneider Electric will install its building automation technology to connect city facilities, providing comprehensive data and actionable insights about how the city uses its energy. Jasper will also receive installation of new HVAC systems, telecommunications systems and citywide interior and exterior lighting upgrades. Once completed, the city will have utility and maintenance costs reduced by 26 percent annually, allowing this savings to be reinvested in other improvements and projects in the city.
“We are committed to being smart about our energy use, reducing waste and efficiently allocating taxpayer money. Our new partnership with Schneider Electric will give us the technology we need to have an efficient, effective energy system,” said Sonny Posey, Mayor, Jasper, Ala. “Schneider Electric is working with us to automate our systems and make them more reliable, while reducing our costs so we can reinvest those savings back into the community.”
"Our mission is to help cities like Jasper achieve their energy savings and sustainability goals, which provides more comfortable environments for city employees and community members, and helps municipalities do their part for a more sustainable future,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability Services at Schneider Electric. "We are proud to bring energy efficiency and technology automation to the City of Jasper.”
Jasper’s $2.8 million initiative includes more than 16 facilities and incorporates a variety of energy efficiency upgrades to reduce energy consumption through:
- Interior and exterior lighting upgrades and controls
- New HVAC systems at city hall, the police station and the Percy Goode Community Center
- Electrical infrastructure upgrades at city hall for new HVAC
- Building envelope improvements in city facilities including new insulation, compartmentalization, weather stripping, door seals and window film
- New VoIP telecommunications systems city wide
- Heating system decentralization at city hall
- Natatorium energy improvements
- New plumbing and water fixtures to reduce water consumption
- Building automation system connecting facilities across the city via smart meters
In addition to energy cost savings, the project will generate environmental benefits equivalent to planting 8,368 acres of trees a year or powering 931 homes. Community leaders are proud to showcase this exciting initiative to the community and to act as a model for other cities. To learn more about Schneider Electric’s energy efficiency programs, please visit: http://www.enable.schneider-electric.com
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Non-residential & Residential Buildings, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centers & Networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group's 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 30 billion US dollars in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
About the City of Jasper
The City of Jasper is a thriving retail hub and a center of growing industrial development which is located in northwest Alabama, 40 miles west of Birmingham, along Interstate Highway 22. Residents of Jasper, approximately 14,350 in number, enjoy one of the top ranked education systems in Alabama, an indoor/outdoor swimming facility with beautiful parks and various art programs for all age groups. Jasper serves as the County seat and hosts various events throughout the year for residents in surrounding areas from one day fun runs to a weekend of music with well known local entertainers to nationally recognized artists. The area's culture, historical sites and outstanding recreation areas such as nearby Smith Lake, Bankhead National Forest and Warrior River makes it an attractive area to live, work and play.