Elgin Community College (ECC) is located in the Community College District 509, a 360 square mile region with a population of 275,000 people. The projected growth of the Community College District by the year 2010 is a population of 400,000. The estimated student population for ECC is 50,000 by 2020. ECC encompasses two campuses – the main campus and the downtown Elgin campus. The ECC main campus, which the case study covers, consists of 12 buildings totaling 672,235 square feet on over 145 acres. The downtown Elgin campus consists of approximately 56,000 square feet.
In 1991, a stand-alone cogeneration building was considered to provide electrical power and heating to the college. The board of trustees decided the project, with a payback over five years (incorporating local funding only) was not acceptable. In 1993 the concept of cogeneration was reconsidered and a 3.2 MWe Cooling, Heating and Power (CHP) Plant was recommended. The CHP Plant would be part of a larger building project. By 1996, the CHP Plant was installed at the main campus to provide building cooling operations in the summer and heating in the winter. The $2.5 million project offered reliability, energy savings and site owner control of power to the campus. In May of 1997, the cogeneration plant was in operation and cogenerating power to over 70% of the campus and its buildings. Today the CHP Plant generates electricity to over 90% of the campus.
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