Energy Efficiency for the City of Chico – Sustainable Solutions Turnkey Program

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The City of Chico, CA, in partnership with Southland Energy and PG&E, participated in the Sustainable Solutions Turnkey (SST) program. The SST program implements energy-saving projects at facilities and uses the expenses saved from the energy reduction and maintenance costs to pay for the design and construction of the projects.  

The Chico City Council authorized the execution of Phase I and determined the wastewater treatment plant was the largest consumer of energy for the city and therefore the main focus of Phase I. Energy conservation measures completed in Phase I of the SST program include installing new diffuser pads in basin 4, installing new neuros blowers, upgrading controls, air handling units (AHU), and thermostats, expanding building automation systems (BAS), reconditioning HVAC units, and replacing the south condenser unit.

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Lean Methodology for Contractors

At Southland, Nutt explains, our first move is to ask our people how we as a company can help them. “This applies everywhere but specifically, as a plumbing contractor, I have to ask the people who perform the particular tasks that are related to a plumbing contract and learn how to improve from the people who are doing the work,” Nutt said.

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