As part of an energy efficiency program, Grand Valley State University has received a $116,280 rebate check for purchasing two energy efficient air conditioning systems.
The rebate, paid by Consumers Energy as part of the Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act of 2008, was presented to GVSU on Friday, Nov. 30, after the university installed the units, which use less energy than its previous cooling units.
The 2008 law requires that 10 percent of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources by 2015.
Terry Pahl, a facilities engineer at the university, said an additional fee levied by Consumers as part of the energy law has motivated the university to look for efficiency projects. When efficiency upgrades are made, rebates are awarded.