Partners Making an Energy-Efficient Difference: Virginia Department of Corrections

Partners Making an Energy-Efficient Difference: Virginia Department of Corrections

(This is the third post in a series highlighting the great energy efficiency work Virginia Energy Sense Partners are achieving across the state.)

The Virginia Department of Corrections, a Virginia Energy Sense partner, has been hard at work to provide cost-effective services while reducing energy use.  The Department completed construction of the largest solar thermal system in Virginia, a 253-panel roof mounted system that preheats water used in showers, lavatories, and the campus kitchen.  The system was designed to offset 20-30 percent of the propane fuel used to heat water.  Measurements are underway to further improve performance.

The system is located at St. Brides Correctional Center in Chesapeake, VA.

The Department was recognized by the Governor’s award for environmental excellence in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Have an energy efficiency story you’d like to share?  We’d love to hear what you’re doing and any ideas on how your company/organization can help encourage Virginians to reduce their energy use.  For the chance to be featured, contact justin@virginiaenergysense.org.

Partners Making an Energy-Efficient Difference: Virginia Department of Corrections