Brock University’s commitment to energy efficiency has a resulted in a rebate of more than $138,000 from a provincial program.
Brock received the money Monday after completing six lighting retrofit projects that qualified for the saveONenergy Equipment Replacement Incentive Initiative rebate through the Ontario Power Authority and Horizon Utilities.
Horizon Utilities chief conservation officer Brian Smith said Brock has been a great partner in committing to energy efficiency projects.
“(They) will not only benefit the students here, but the community at large,” he said before presenting Brock with a cheque for $138,662.30 at Monday’s Senior Administrative Council meeting.
Two of the projects that met ERII criteria included replacing fixtures and lamps in the Aquatic Centre and campus-wide, and replacing almost 6,000 old fluorescent ballasts and lamps, especially important in older areas of the campus.
“The newer lamps offer a better quality of light, a whiter colour, lower operating costs and longer life too, ” said David Balasiak, Brock project manager, Campus Planning, Design and Construction. “(That) results in lower maintenance costs since our electricians won’t have to change failed lamps or ballasts as often.”