Memorial University Gets an A+ in Energy Efficiency

Energy-saving technology enlightens Newfoundland and Labrador’s major university, home of some of the world’s brightest minds.

With five campuses and more than 19,000 students from over 115 countries, Memorial University is one of the largest institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador. What started nearly a century ago as a small teachers’ training school has grown into the province’s only comprehensive doctoral university. It’s a global research hub offering more than one hundred degree programs, plus facilities like an observatory, a multi-purpose marine base and the world’s largest motion-capable ship’s bridge simulator.

It’s also home to state-of-the-art energy efficient technology, thanks to a partnership with takeCHARGE.

With so many people living, learning, and working in the Memorial University system, energy efficiency is a must. That’s why Memorial University has been a long-time participant in the takeCHARGE Business Efficiency Program, a joint initiative between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro which helps businesses reduce energy costs and become more energy efficient.

Since Memorial University started working with takeCHARGE, high quality energy efficiency upgrades have been installed throughout the university at the St. John’s and Grenfell campuses, the Ocean Science Centre in Logy Bay and the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point.

That’s a lot of ground to cover, but takeCHARGE supported the upgrade process for this wide-ranging, multi-site project by offering energy efficiency incentives. An energy assessment was undertaken across Memorial University campuses, bringing in experts to identify priorities and possible improvements, leading to a customized efficiency plan – including an anticipated rebate amount.

The result? These facilities now use LED lighting including exit signs, tube lamps and screw-in bulbs that last longer, require less maintenance and reduce overall energy use.

“The takeCHARGE Business Efficiency Program allowed us to complete upgrades at numerous facilities throughout our campus buildings and provide better lighting for our faculty, staff, students and visitors,” says Cheryl Spearns, Project Engineer.

“In addition to these upgrades, we’ve drastically cut down on our electricity usage allowing us to make further improvements throughout our campuses.”

Over 900 businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador have used the takeCHARGE Business Efficiency Program to make upgrades to their heating and cooling systems as well as refrigeration and lighting, positioning them for further growth and development. From sports academies to office buildings to retail stores and more, takeCHARGE offers solutions for businesses large and small — including yours.

Interested? Get in touch with takeCHARGE today, set up your complimentary energy assessment and find out how you can graduate to the next level of energy efficiency!

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