The University of South Carolina (USC) is a public university located in Columbia, South Carolina. Chartered in 1801 as a single building, the University now occupies hundreds of facilities on 480 acres. The team at Chateau Energy Solutions was tasked with a large lighting retrofit project that had a short timeframe. With numerous campus facilities, Chateau Energy Solutions had to complete lighting assessments on more than 10 million square feet of space in just 4 months’ time. Due to the age and variety of buildings, a customized lighting program was needed to optimize energy efficiency strategies while enhancing student and faculty comfort.
Furthermore, strict environmental standards needed to be followed regarding the removal of debris and recycling of old lamps and ballasts in an environmentally friendly way.
Chateau Energy Solutions provided standardized lamp and ballast solutions across the campus maximizing energy efficiency while improving the quality of the lighting. The lighting experts at Chateau Energy Solutions produced final contract documents to optimize the lighting energy savings.
A total of 165 facilities were surveyed including libraries, gyms, and classrooms. Of that, 98 facilities were retrofitted with nearly 53,000 energy efficiency lighting fixtures. Chateau Energy Solutions turnkey approach included surveys, engineering design, lighting upgrades, debris removal, and recycling.
The lighting project resulted in 9,734,581 annual kWh savings for the University of South Carolina. In addition to the financial savings, the lighting efficiencies performed by Chateau Energy Solutions provide a benefit received by all –an environmental equivalent of planting almost 3,000 acres of trees, removing nearly 1,400 automobiles off our roads, and saving 885,000 gallons of gasoline.