VA Palo Alto Receives Big Rebate For Energy Savings

Deputy Dan Kulenich (r) receiving "big check" from City of Palo Alto officials.
VAPAHCS Deputy Director Dan Kulenich (r) accepts “big check” for energy rebates from City of Palo Alto officials.

VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) achieved huge energy savings working with the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, to the tune of $382,965 in the form of a large rebate check.

Deputy Director Dan Kulenich was presented a “big check” at the Facility Managers meeting by City of Palo Alto Vice-Mayor Eric Filseth as well as Key Account Managers Brian Ward and Josh Wallace.

At its Palo Alto Division, VAPAHCS implemented several energy efficiency measures including:

  • Replacing two large chillers with High Efficiency chillers and optimizing the sequence of operations
  • A campus-wide retrofit of LED lighting

“If you’ve ever been to their campus, you know that’s a lot of lighting,” said Filseth about the LED fixtures that now light up every office on the Palo Alto campus.

These efforts resulted in 35,240 therms saved – for comparison, one therm is the equivalent of burning 100 cubic feet of natural gas. The health care system also saved 3.4 megawatts of electricity – the equivalent of electricity for 475 homes for a year!

The CPAU Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program helps commercial and industrial customers like VAPAHCS to assess their facility’s energy usage and make recommendations to save energy.

Energy conservation is just a portion of the efforts at VAPAHCS. The health care system has many initiatives to further its green programs that affect operations such as landscaping, building maintenance, waste management, water use, transportation as well as purchasing. All of these efforts not only help our environment but make more resources available to our Veterans.

You can view all the green initiatives implemented by VAPAHCS as it builds a sustainable health care system on its website.

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