El Paso Housing Authority - 2012

Nicholas Lopez | University of Texas at El Paso

  • Nicholas Lopez on a building facilities tour during the 2012 EDF Climate Corps training.
Project Type: 
Employee Engagement | HVAC | Other
Facility Type: 
Housing Complex | Other

Nico Lopez studied four buildings owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) to optimize their energy efficiency. He identified three HVAC and chiller projects that could save $280,000 over 15 years, as well as 700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and one million kilowatt hours of electricity every year.

To check the viability of on-site renewable energy generation, Lopez also performed an extensive microgrid analysis on the four buildings and HACEP Central Office.

Finally, Lopez proposed an energy efficiency awareness video that could reduce energy use by 2 percent at the buildings, saving $1,200.