Northeast State lands Clean Tennessee Energy Grant 

Amount: $180,000

Northeast State Community College has received a $180,000 grant from the state’s new Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program to replace the HVAC system at the Downtown Centre in Johnson City.

In December 2011, Northeast State signed a five-year lease with the Johnson City Development Authority for use of the Downtown Centre as a teaching site. The College has set a tentative date of fall 2013 for classes. 
The College proposes to install two boilers as part of the replacement for the HVAC system for classroom and administrative space in the facility. Having two units will permit the use of one or both as demand dictates.

The Downtown Centre renovation project calls for the replacement of the current HVAC system. This system has been in the building since its construction in 1986. In a comparison of the current boiler with its proposed replacement, the thermal efficiency increases from 75 percent to 95 percent with the new system.

There is also an overall decrease in projected annual operating costs from $ 60,000 for the current system to approximately $46,000 for the replacement system. Another feature of the system is a 10:1 turndown, meaning a boiler can “turn down” to 10 percent of capacity without cycling, preventing needless energy losses.

The proposed system features sophisticated heating and cooling controls with internet access or control by smart phone. Referred to as SMART TOUCH TECHNOLOGY, the touch screen technology puts total operational control at the fingertips. SMART TOUCH makes it easier than ever to set up a perfectly synchronized green system and allows access to a complete onboard database of real-time operations data and performance history.

The grant program funded a number of projects designed to reduce air emissions, improve energy efficiency and create cost savings across the state.  Eligible recipients included state and local government agencies, utility districts, and private businesses/organizations in Tennessee.

Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state – at approximately $5.25 million per year.
In the first year, $2.25 million funded air quality grants for local governments, municipalities, utilities, other organizations and private entities.  The remaining $3 million was designated for energy efficiency projects in state government.