Lakeland Public TV in Bemidji saving nearly $15,000 a year in energy costs, thanks to Otter Tail Power Company’s CDA program

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Lakeland Public TV in Bemidji saving nearly $15,000 a year in energy costs, thanks to Otter Tail Power Company’s CDA program

May 22, 2015

Lakeland Public Television participated in Otter Tail Power Company’s Commercial Design Assistance (CDA) program while designing and constructing its new broadcast facility next to the Sanford Center in Bemidji. On May 12 the organization received a $25,200 incentive check for doing so.

“Our CDA program helps owners and their design teams evaluate potential energy-conservation strategies for new and renovated building projects,” said Jon Fabre, Senior Market Planning Specialist at Otter Tail Power Company. “Our company offers incentives for strategies that result in the building’s design and eventual construction exceeding State of Minnesota energy code efficiency levels.”

Lakeland Public TV’s broadcast facility is a 17,480-square-foot two-story building with heating and cooling provided by a closed-loop water-to-air ground-source heat pump (GSHP) with electronically commutated (EC) motors and variable-frequency drive (VFD) pumping. The design team incorporated additional energy-efficient strategies including dual-level lighting and occupancy sensor controls, additional insulation (R-30 walls, R-40 roof), low-e windows, and total heat recovery.

“Lakeland Public TV is saving 33 percent in electrical demand (30 kw) and 38.2 percent in electricity consumption (187,547 kwh) per year for annual energy cost savings of more than $14,900. With our company’s incentive payment, payback for the additional cost of the upgraded conservation strategies is 8.9 years,” said Johnson.

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