From wind turbines to rainwater harvesting, HCC is poised to save considerable money by utilizing energy saving prgrams.
In 2011, Holyoke Community College became one of 700 sites in Massachusetts selected to be retrofitted under the state's Accelerated Energy Program (AEP). AEP is a three-year program designed to reduce energy consumption by 20-25 percent while creating about 4,000 clean energy jobs and saving the Commonwealth approximately $43 million annually. By 2013, current efforts were only producing 22 percent reduction, so the Toward Zero Net Energy (TZNE) Retrofit was implemented. TZNE is defined as an approach to retrofit facilities that, at a minimum, achieves deeper energy retrofits (40 percent or more) and also strives for zero net energy through the installation of renewable energy systems. This means that HCC will consume roughly the same amount of energy that is produced through renewable energy sources, meaning there will be no carbon output and therefore no harmful environmental consequences adding to climate change. Ten sites across the Commonwealth were chosen to add the TZNE Retrofit, including Holyoke Community College.
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