TSAILE, ARIZONA. — October 25 — Yearout Energy, an Energy Services Company (ESCO), has been approved to implement a $19.9M project with Diné College, the first tribally controlled and accredited collegiate institution in the United States. This project will mark the first contract of its kind undertaken by the Diné College — to date.
In September 2020, Diné College engaged Yearout Energy following a competitive selection process to perform an Investment Grade Audit (IGA) of more than 60 buildings located on the Tsaile and Shiprock campuses. The objective of the IGA was to assess current facility conditions and identify opportunities to improve overall operations and performance through an Energy Performance Contract (EPC).
The project will include upgrading existing light fixtures to LED technology, installation of a large solar photovoltaic (PV) system, space cooling, and ventilation upgrades, domestic water fixture upgrades, and much more. These sustainability measures will reduce energy and water consumption, utility and operational costs, generate clean renewable energy, and standardize equipment across campus.
“As COVID-19 has impacted schools worldwide, we’re looking forward to assisting Diné College with upgrading their indoor ventilation, air quality, and occupant thermal comfort, in addition to increasing pandemic preparedness for building users and staff,” said Project Development Engineer for Yearout Energy, Anthony LaMorte.
A primary benefit of Energy Performance Contracts is their ability to leverage multiple sources of funding to accomplish the project objectives, as in this case for Diné College.
“The cost savings encompassed in this EPC project is a step in the right direction for Diné College and Navajo Nation. We’re really looking forward to advancing our goal to become carbon neutral and upgrading our facilities with these capital improvements,” said President of Diné College, Charles Monty Roessel.
The project is slated to commence in November 2021 and take approximately 18-months to complete construction.
In all, Yearout Energy was able to provide the following to Diné College:
- Year 1 Guaranteed Utility Savings: $272,995
- Year 1 Operation and Maintenance Savings: $14,431
- Year 1 Total Annual Savings: $287,425
- Reduction in Annual Utility Costs at Tsalie Campus: 32.9%
- Reduction in Annual Emissions: 2,142,533 lbs. CO2 equivalent
- Reduction in Annual Water Consumption: 759,600 gallons.
ABOUT YEAROUT ENERGYYearout Energy is a mission-driven firm delivering turnkey guaranteed integrated solutions that optimize operational performance, design, efficiency, productivity, and maintenance of a wide range of facilities and infrastructure. Yearout Energy has assembled a team of highly experienced professionals from the energy services industry and has grown to become one of the premier Energy Services Companies (ESCO) delivering high-performance projects in the Southwest. For more information, please visit www.yearoutenergy.com.