To increase its energy efficiency, Northwest Community College (NWCC) has recently undergone the upgrading of its indoor and outdoor lighting systems across its campuses. The college conducted an energy audit and was approved for government funding under B.C.’s Carbon Neutral Capital Program in 2013.
Recently, NWCC replaced interior lighting with approximately 5000 LED fluorescent tubes at the Terrace and Houston campuses. Upgrades will be complete at the Hazelton campus during the third week of June.
Parking lot lighting and outside lights on buildings have been replaced at the Terrace, Hazelton, and Houston campuses.
With these improvements NWCC estimates annual energy savings of approximately 200,000 kilowatt-hours. The power consumption of each individual parking lot light has been reduced from over 250 Watts (W) to 54 W. Individual outside lights on buildings are now only 10 W compared to 70 W in the past.
“We would like to thank the Province of B.C. for this funding initiative that contributed to significant savings in NWCC’s energy costs and a corresponding reduction in greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kerry Clarke, Director of Facilities and Ancillary Services at NWCC.
NWCC’s Smithers campus has been using energy efficient lighting since its extensive renovation completed in September 2011. The college has plans to update lights at its Kitimat and Prince Rupert campuses in the future.