Wilfrid Laurier University partnering with Johnson Controls to complete industry leading comprehensive microgrid in higher education

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Extension of an Energy Services Performance Contract enables the university to move forward with implementation plan

Waterloo, ON – (Jan. 19, 2018) – Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) is partnering with Johnson Controls to implement an industry leading comprehensive microgrid, positioning the university at the forefront of energy management in the higher education sector. The implementation of the microgrid follows two phases of successful performance infrastructure projects made possible through an Energy Services Performance Contract (ESPC) with Johnson Controls that is part of the Laurier Energy Efficiency Program (LEEP).

Through the two initial phases of the LEEP, a series of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) were implemented in order to expand energy conservation and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions at Laurier’s Waterloo, Brantford and Kitchener campuses. The ECMs were implemented across 38 buildings and included LED lights, solar walls, real-time metering, low flow water fixtures, occupancy sensors and retro-commissioning. The university is now entering the final phase of the project with Johnson Controls which is projected to generate up to three million dollars in total annual savings.

“We are committed to building a more sustainable future, setting an example for our students by implementing industry-leading energy conservation and management measures,” said Ulrike Gross, assistant vice president of Facilities and Asset Management at Laurier.
“We are proud to help Laurier in reaching such an admirable achievement in sustainability.” -- Brian Del Vecchio, senior account executive, Building Technologies & Solutions at Johnson Controls

The first half of Phase three, which involves the installation of solar PVs on six buildings across the Waterloo and Brantford campuses, is currently moving ahead. With the completion of Phase three the university will generate, store, control and distribute power on-site. As one of the first universities with a comprehensive microgrid, Laurier will be able to control the amount of energy being used across its campuses to help meet its sustainability goals.

“We are proud to help Laurier in reaching such an admirable achievement in sustainability,” said Brian Del Vecchio, senior account executive, Building Technologies & Solutions at Johnson Controls. “Laurier is pioneering a new standard for other universities to follow. Its commitment to the environment is inspiring for us as well as its students, faculty and staff.”

About Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community. The university is a leader in integrated and engaged learning, which connects academic programming to co-curricular activities. For more information, visit http://wlu.ca/about/index.html.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies and Solutions

Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire suppression or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow @JCI_Buildings on Twitter.

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