Clark County Public Transportation (C-TRAN) is saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by installing photovoltaic systems and retrofitting its buildings with lighting upgrades and advanced temperature control systems along with new, high efficiency mechanical equipment. These improvements were made possible thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the TIGGER Program and incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.
This forward-thinking transit agency is among the pioneers in the transit industry implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency building technologies. With Johnson Controls, Inc. serving as the design and building contractor, C-TRAN is retrofitting its administration, operations, and maintenance buildings as well as the 99th Street Transit Center at Stockford Village and Fisher’s Landing Transit Center. So far, C-TRAN is reaping the greatest energy savings with retrofits at its older facilities.
Photovoltaic System Installations
Two roof-top photovoltaic systems—a 10-kW system at Fisher’s Landing Transit Center and a 10-kW system at the maintenance building—generate renewable-based electricity, reducing energy consumption from traditional sources. Clark Public Utilities helped C-TRAN optimize the connections to the electric grid and establish net metering for the new systems.
C-TRAN is making the following improvements to its lighting fixtures, bulbs, and controls:
- Fluorescent lighting – retrofit T-12 light fixtures and first generation T-8 lamps containing magnetic/electronic ballasts with new high-performance T-8 lamps and low-watt electronic ballasts
- Building interior/exterior lighting – retrofit old incandescent, mercury-vapor, and metal-halide lights with new T-5 fixtures and install photoelectric-sensor controls
- Parking lot lights – retrofit existing pole lights (250-W high-pressure sodium lights) with new high-output linear fluorescent fixture heads
- Lighting controls – install occupancy sensors for private offices, conference rooms, bathrooms, and other areas.
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Improvements
C-TRAN is installing a new digital-direct control system covering the HVAC systems in all of its buildings. Other improvements include new variable-speed ventilation and demand-controlled ventilation (based on carbon dioxide concentrations).
Mechanical upgrades in two C-TRAN buildings are also underway. The administration building is slated to receive a high-efficiency air conditioning unit and a gas-condensing water heater while the maintenance building will undergo a wider variety of improvements—three ventilation units with evaporative cooling and air-to-air heat exchangers, four integrated air conditioning and heating units (gas packs), one high-efficiency gas-fired domestic hot water heater, and a wall-exhaust filter in the shop area.