Johnson Controls, South Arkansas Community College sign energy performance contract to better integrate energy management systems

Project will upgrade facilities across campus; guaranteed to pay for itself in 15 years

MILWAUKEE - (Nov. 29, 2016) - Johnson Controls and South Arkansas Community College have signed an energy performance contract through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) program to better integrate energy management systems on the El Dorado, Arkansas campus.

The contract, valued at $2.4 million, will deliver full campus LED lighting, energy management systems integration, chilled water loop expansion, boiler replacements and building envelope upgrades. Additionally, Johnson Controls will work with the City of El Dorado to incorporate energy efficiency upgrades to the state-of-the-art El Dorado Conference Center adjoining South Arkansas’ East Campus.

Utility and operational savings from these energy conservation measures are guaranteed to cover the costs of installation on an annual basis over 15 years. South Arkansas Community College will be able to finance the project at no out-of-pocket cost through these guaranteed savings.

South Arkansas Community College and Johnson Controls worked with the Arkansas Energy Office (AEO), administrator of the AEPC program, to develop the project. AEO offers assistance to state agencies, institutions of higher learning, municipalities and counties seeking to utilize guaranteed energy savings to perform facilities upgrades. AEO estimates the project will provide more than $7.5 million in economic impact to the downtown El Dorado area, further aiding the area’s revitalization after the recent dedication of the El Dorado Arts & Entertainment District.

“Our building improvements, lighting retrofits and system redesigns will reduce energy costs and improve the learning and work environment,” said Dr. Barbara Jones, president of South Arkansas Community College. “These improvements also will upgrade lighting, inside and out, for safer campuses. SouthArk is excited that it was able to utilize such a program to improve operational efficiency and the college environment for students and staff.”

“Johnson Controls has a long history of providing energy performance contracts, having implemented more than 3,000 such contracts in North America alone,” said Cheryl Aquadro, south region area sales manager, Johnson Controls. “We’re excited about the South Arkansas project and look forward to working with the college to improve its energy infrastructure.”

For more information on the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting program, contact Chet Howland at or (501) 682-7319.

To learn more about Johnson Controls’ expertise with energy performance contracting, visit

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 135,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit

About Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions

Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions has an unmatched portfolio of HVACR products and solutions to create more comfortable, safe and efficient buildings. Operating in more than 150 countries through a strong network of distribution channels, Building Technologies & Solutions’ breadth of offerings help building owners, operators, engineers and consultants impact the full lifecycle of a building. Its market leadership is established through trusted brands such as YORK®, Sabroe® and Metasys® as well as its smart building integration capabilities and energy financing solutions. For more information, visit

About South Arkansas Community College

South Arkansas Community College, known locally as SouthArk, is a public, comprehensive community college with an open-door policy, providing educational programs, workforce development, civic and cultural enrichment, and support services to students and residents in its service area. South Arkansas Community College promotes excellence in learning, teaching, and service; provides lifelong educational opportunities; and serves as a cultural, intellectual, and economic resource for the community.

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