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San Luis Obispo Cogeneration System


Client Details
Location:

1087 Santa Rosa Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Projected Cost:

$2,437,000

Payback Period:

5.4 years

Projected Annual Savings:

$357,000

Financing Arrangements:

County Funding

Description:

San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors approved a $2.4 million project that gave the county the ability for on-site generation of electricity and Aircon Energy was selected to perform the work.

The objective was to build a cogeneration system that would convert natural gas to electricity for use by the courthouse, administration building and planned government center. The system was designed to utilize the waste heat produced in the generation process to offset boiler usage and create chilled water for building cooling with an absorption chiller.

The project was developed on a design-build basis with an emphasis on financial payback, sound attenuation and code and regulatory compliance as outlined in rule 24 of the self-generation handbook. The project was delivered with the help of Thoma electric and American mechanical contractors as subcontractors. These firms worked under the supervision of Aircon to implement the electrical design and portions of the mechanical design.

Project Components:

  • Three 200kw cogeneration units
  • One 150-ton absorption chiller system
  • Boiler replacement
  • Electrical system upgrade
  • Transformer replacement
  • Pumps, motors and piping
  • One 150-ton absorption chiller system
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