Sep 05

College of the Canyons Central Plant Construction

College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons partnered with Compass Energy Solutions to reduce its usage of electricity and natural gas while updating aged energy end-use equipment.


Compass Energy Solutions developed the basis for design and collaborated with the college’s architect and engineers to design the state of the art co-generation and heating and cooling central plants.  The strategy included:

-Constructing three Central HVAC plants, including gas and electric chillers, boilers and co-generation units and accompanying control systems for this large community college in Southern California.

  • Constructing New North Central Plant building to house the equipment.
  • Providing Value Engineering in excess of $1.5M
  • Securing over $1M in Utility Incentives for COC through CCC/IOU and SGIP.


The energy savings justified a generous $1.2 million incentive/rebate through California Community College/Investor Owned

Utility and self generation programs. The new chillers and heating hot water boilers are much more effective in cooling and heating the buildings and the noise level has been reduced significantly to enhance the learning and working environment. The college has received numerous compliments about comfortable temperatures. There is more reliability and redundancy in the overall operation, while establishing less dependence from the utilities.

College of the Canyons is currently adding a number of new buildings to this efficient system.