Nearly 80 percent of West Virginia University students live in off-campus housing. Consequently, nearly 52 percent of the city’s housing units are in multi-unit structures.
The Morgantown residential sector, of which multi-unit structures make up a large portion, accounts for 14 percent of total emissions in the Morgantown community.
There are many opportunities for landlords to increase overall energy efficiency, save their own or their tenants’ money, increase the marketability of their properties and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (See Phase 2 final report).
Homeowners, small businesses, and landlords can install renewable energy systems, including solar, to reduce electricity consumption and save money.
In 2015, the Morgantown Municipal Green Team, Downstream Strategies, Community Power Network (CPN), and Mountainview Solar implemented a Morgantown Solar Cooperative that provided steep discounts for solar photovoltaic systems to city residents. While the Morgantown Solar Cooperative is not accepting new members at this time, there are other opportunities available to Morgantown homeowners, small businesses, and landlords.
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Mountain View Solar was selected by the Morgantown Solar Cooperative through a competitive bidding process. MTVSolar is one of the region’s largest solar installation companies. Its installations run the full spectrum, with residential, commercial, and municipal work forming the majority of their business.
To learn about the possibility of a second Morgantown Solar Cooperative, contact Karan Ireland from Community Power Network at email@example.com.
Energy Assessment Services
Homeowners, small businesses, and landlords can find ways to save money and reduce energy consumption by performing energy assessments.
From 2010 through 2014, the West Virginia University Industrial Assessment Center and Downstream Strategies conducted energy assessments for 250 small businesses across West Virginia. Assessment reports for each business detailed specific recommendations, energy savings estimates, implementation costs, and potential greenhouse gas emission reductions. Nearly 90 of these assessments were conducted within Morgantown. The Morgantown assessments included nearly 140 efficiency improvement recommendations. Many efficiency retrofits were cost-effective, meaning that the potential savings on utility bills would pay for the retrofits in a few years or, in some cases, a matter of months (See Phase 2 final report).
Furthermore, on conducting a number of focused home energy assessments, it was found that similar opportunities for increasing energy efficiency exist across all types of Morgantown homes (See Phase 2 final report).
|Recommendation||Average electricity savings (kWh/yr)||Average electricity cost savings ($/year)||Average retrofit cost ($)||Average payback period (years)|
|Exit sign retrofits||631||34||82||2.5|
Source: Phase 2 final report.
How do I sign up?
Leonardo Technologies, Inc. offers energy assessment services in the Morgantown area on a fee-for-service basis. For more information about having an energy assessment conducted on your home or business, contact Richard Courtney from LTI at firstname.lastname@example.org (304) 290-2107.
Virtual Power Plant
Landlords of multi-family buildings can get paid $100/year per electric hot water heater, with no startup costs, to participate in this program.
Working with Mosaic Power, Downstream Strategies and the Morgantown Municipal Green Team are recruiting owners and landlords of multi-unit housing in the Morgantown area, who will be paid to connect with Mosaic Power’s electric water heater network. Mosaic Power remotely adjusts the timing of water heater power usage so that less electricity is used when the grid is most congested. These small efficiency savings, multiplied over a fleet of many water heaters, enable electric power plants to reduce unnecessary generation and emissions. Mosaic Power connects water heaters together to form a “virtual power plant,” sells the electricity savings on the open market, and pays the owners and landlords of multi-unit housing on a quarterly basis.
The income stream from Mosaic Power can be used to offset the cost of efficiency improvements to the multi-unit building, or invested in renewable energy.
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How does it work?
An electrician needs a few minutes of your time to install one of Mosaic’s smart sensors on each of your water heaters. These small sensors remotely adjust the timing of water heater power usage by minutes and seconds to match momentary changes in electricity supply and demand. There is no noticeable difference in the availability of hot water to the tenants.
What do I need to participate?
Multi-unit structures with electric water tanks of at least approximately 40 gallons, and that use up to 30 amps, are eligible to participate.
How do I sign up?
To sign up, contact Mosaic Power at (855) 566-7693 or email DannyC@mosaicpower.com
What does it cost?
There is no cost to the property owner. Mosaic covers the installation cost and will guide you through the quick and simple installation process.
How much will I get paid?
Mosaic Power pays landlords $100 per water heater per year.