UW-Baraboo/Sauk County is wrapping up a 9-month project to reduce its overall energy consumption and help save money on long-term energy costs. The effort, which was funded by the State of Wisconsin and the US Department of Energy, is part of UW-BSC’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Last spring, an energy audit by Madison-based McKinstry Essention identified electric, gas, and water conservation opportunities in each of UW-BSC’s buildings. Resulting projects included upgrades in campus lighting, insulation, and heating and cooling, as well as installation of shutdown mechanisms on campus computers, lights, and vending machines.
In addition to these improvements, the campus installed 44 solar panels on the roof of the Lange Student Center. The panels produce 15-18 kilowatts of energy per day, or enough to power two small homes. More panels are planned for the future.
As a result of the energy project, UW-BSC is expected to emit one million fewer pounds of carbon dioxide annually, with an estimated energy cost savings of over $50,000 per year.
“Our green initiatives make economic sense, and our more-efficient use of energy makes a difference in our local and global environments,“ said David Armstrong, UW-BSC’s Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance. “We are proud to be a leader in sustainability in Baraboo, Sauk County, and the University of Wisconsin System.”