A new partnership between Missouri Western and Schneider Electric has the ability to save not only energy, but a lot of money for the university.
Schneider Electric, a company that specializes in energy savings, plans to update Western’s plumbing, lighting fixtures, mechanical systems and to seal gaps in all of the buildings.
According to a press release issued on Thursday, Oct. 23, the energy-saving program could save Western about $400,000 a year in electric and gas costs, for the next 15 years.
Dr. Cale Fessler, vice president for financial planning and administration, believes that the deal is a good move for the university.
“This project will help us fund and provide efficient and reliable service to our students, faculty and staff,” said Fessler.
The project, which will cost around $5 million, will be paid for by the money Western saves and by a $400,000 rebate from Laclede Gas Co. and Kansas City Power & Light.
John O’Herron, regional manager of Schneider Electric, is excited to be working with Western
“We encourage other schools to follow the lead of Missouri Western State University to create a more modern and sustainable campus,” said O’Herron.