The State University of New York will save more than $1.2 million a year in energy costs across its 64 campuses by incorporating energy-efficient improvements to information technology infrastructure.
According to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the energy-saving projects, which are expected to be completed in 2014, aim to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years.
“As part of a continued commitment to sharing services within SUNY, our campuses have an added incentive to carry out projects that cut energy costs and free up more savings that can be reinvested in students,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
NYSERDA will provide incentives based on performance through its Industrial and Process Efficiency Program for energy-saving projects that support SUNY’s system-wide IT transformation.
The incentive is based on an energy savings of more than 10 million kilowatt hours annually, which is equivalent to providing electricity to 1,482 average-sized homes.
Campus projects include relocation of campus information systems to one of the main data centers; air conditioning replacements and upgrades in support of the relocations; and consolidation of IT services.