Savings at a Glance

By participating in the BGE Energy Solutions for Business program, Towson University was able to apply financial incentives to install high-efficiency equipment across its entire campus.

 50+ BGE rebate applications submitted
 8.2 million kWh/year in energy savings
 $656,000/year in cost savings
 $1.7 million in incentives paid

Just a short drive north of Baltimore is one of the largest public universities in Maryland. Founded in 1866, Towson University occupies 328 acres of tree-lined suburban campus and offers more than 100 undergrad and graduate degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields.

Under the supervision of Steve Kolb, Towson University’s energy manager, the university is in the midst of a campus-wide initiative to improve the energy efficiency of its facilities. From using state-of-the-art technologies in new construction projects to retrofitting lighting fixtures and equipment in existing buildings, Towson University is determined to take a big bite out of its annual energy costs. And with the help of BGE’s Energy Solutions for Business program, the university has received $1.7 million in incentives for its energy efficiency projects, which are saving more than 8.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.

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  • More than 4,000 lights were retrofitted in the Albert S. Cook Library, saving $100,000 per year in energy costs.

  • The cafeteria in the West Village Commons includes high-efficiency lighting and commercial kitchen equipment.

  • Energy-efficient lighting brightens up classrooms like this one in the College of Liberal Arts building.