Parkland rewarded for energy efficiency
Health system receives cash incentive from Oncor federal program
|DALLAS – Parkland Health & Hospital System recently received a cash incentive of $1,179 from Oncor’s Government Facilities Program for installing a high efficiency cooling system at the new E. Carlyle Smith, Jr. Health Center in Grand Prairie.
The program helps local governments save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the equipment will save. The high efficiency equipment will save approximately 8,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually.
“Oncor’s Government Facilities Program provided vital resources to help us build efficiency into our new facility,” said Thomas Wilkins, Parkland’s Senior Facilities Program Manager. “We’re proud to make energy efficiency a priority.”
Along with the cooling system, the overall design of Parkland’s newest Community Oriented Primary Care health center incorporates a “canopy” that shades the perimeter walls on all sides to help minimize direct solar heat gain. The facility also has a reflective white roofing membrane that helps to minimize solar heat. Designers also took into consideration the Texas heat and incorporated drought tolerant plant selections to minimize water consumption at the facility.
Oncor also offers free energy planning to participating governmental customers. It works with participants to identify energy-saving improvements at existing facilities and incorporates efficient design into new construction.
“Now more than ever, it’s vital that our government organizations have the resources they need to implement energy efficiency projects in their facilities,” said Buddy Bridges, Oncor Area Manager. “The Government Facilities Program is just another way Oncor is working to help improve our communities.”
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