T&L Receives Award for Jail Energy System

From the Coalfield Progress 12/12/14

Thompson & Litton received an engineering excellence award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Virginia.

The award recognizes a solar thermal energy system installed at the Duffield Regional Jail to provide hot water for the jail complex, according to an ACEC press release.

Because there is no natural gas available to the regional jail, water previously was heated with a propane powered boiler system, resulting in high utility bills.

Thompson & Litton’s solar thermal energy system provided a green solution to the problem with an annual savings in utility costs of $54,200. Over a 30-year period, the system will provide a 188 percent return on investment.

Seventy-two solar collectors were located on the roof of the jail to avoid conflicts with existing environmentally and archeologically sensitive areas surrounding the jail, and they had to be located on the areas of the roof which were constructed with double tees.

“We had 19 entries this year, a record number for our annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition,” said ACEC Virginia Executive Director Nancy Israel. “And to top that, many of the projects pushed the limits of state-of-the-art in terms of being innovative, solving complex problems and being environmentally sensitive. It’s always a hard job for the judges, but this year was especially difficult because there were so many progressive entries such as Thompson & Litton’s which was an innovative, green solution to the very practical problem of high utility costs.”

David Blevins (Chilhowie) was the designer, Sam Kiser (Bristol) was the Project Manager, and Bill King (Bristol) assisted with project conceptualization and funding applications to DMME. Cameron Dean (Wise) developed the panel pictured below for submission to ACEC.

Stephen Clear (SWVRJA), Sam Kiser (Bristol), and Bill King (Bristol)

Pictured is Stephen Clear (Superintendent of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority), Sam Kiser (T&L Bristol), and Bill King (T&L Bristol) with the award from ACEC.

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Panel for Submission to the ACEC. Developed by Cameron Dean (T&L Wise)