Galveston County, with a population of 342,000 residents, is a diverse region located on the Gulf Coast of Texas and considered home to a variety of nationally-renowned medical facilities, colleges and universities, technology companies as well as a thriving petrochemical industry. The City of Galveston also serves as the county seat with facilities that support local judicial, law enforcement, park and recreational functions.
Conservative yet forward-thinking by nature, Galveston County was interested in creative ways to accomplish its sustainability goals while still saving money and reducing energy-related operating expenses. Sustainability Partners, with its successful Sustainability as a Service model, was chosen for energy efficiency projects on three facilities and with the further potential to enable additional water and energy saving projects as part of the county’s ongoing sustainability efforts.
– LED lighting retrofit of nearly 7,000 lights
– Scope of work involved replacing T8 fluorescent tubes/ballasts with clear lens LED tubes with external drivers; replacement of CFLs with LED “corn cobs”
– Installation involved full lighting retrofit of three facilities including the county courthouse, justice center and parking garage
– Existing fixtures retained to speed installation and minimize tenant disruption
– Installation completion: October 2015
Infrastructure as a Service Benefits
– Streamlined process for energy upgrade installations reduced installation cycle time by up to 18 months
– Reduced energy costs without impact on County operating budgets
– Master Utility Service Agreement structure enabled use of PCA Interlocal contract
– Improved County’s environmental footprint by consuming less energy and saving natural resources
– Eliminated maintenance and repair costs