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Nonprofits find big savings with energy partnership
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October 7, 2013
Contact: Tony DePrima
Phone: 302‐883‐3048


Nonprofits Find Big Savings in the Sustainable Energy Utility/ University of Delaware IAC Partnership

DOVER, DE – The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility recently partnered with the University of Delaware’s
award‐winning Industrial Assessment Center to finance energy assessments for non‐residential buildings in
Delaware. Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) are national programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy
to assist large industries in reducing energy usage and costs. The University of Delaware houses the Mid‐

Atlantic IAC.

Focusing mainly on non‐profits, the efforts of the SEU/UD partnership has already begun to pay off. The first
two assessments (for The Modern Maturity Center in Dover and for Kent‐Sussex Industries in Milford)
provided recommendations that could save tens of thousands of dollars by making their buildings more
energy efficient. The SEU and IAC are also conducting assessments with The People’s Settlement House and

Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation.

"The team was professional and thorough. They provided actionable recommendations that
could save us up to $14K annually. Every dollar we save goes directly to helping us fulfill our
mission of providing employment for people with disabilities.”

‐ Craig Crouch, Chief Executive Officer, Kent‐Sussex Industries, Inc.

"We were very impressed with the audit process. Their recommendations ranged from the
simple installation of motion activated light switches to building a solar system to heat our
pool. Once we’ve completed our cost/benefit analysis we will move forward with many of
these changes. The money we save will go directly to funding our programs to serve the needs
of all senior citizens in Kent County.”

‐ Carolyn Fredricks, President/CEO, Modern Maturity Center of Dover

Through SEU support, the IAC can now service nearly every kind of non‐residential building in Delaware. The
program also provides hands‐on experience to UD science and engineering students by exposing them to real

life assessing.

"The mission of the IAC dovetails perfectly with that of the SEU by extending our expertise to
commercial and light industries. By targeting non‐profits, we’ve been able to provide realtime
actionable recommendations – many of which can be implemented immediately –
including cost‐benefit analysis. Our group educates facility personnel about energy savings to
get their buy‐in for the recommendations we make. Typically, a one day energy audit can
save an organization with annual utility costs of between $70 ‐ $250 thousand as much as
20%. Smaller and larger facilities are also being helped. The program also provides hands‐on
experience for our graduate and undergraduate students as they study to become energy
professionals. It’s a win‐win all around.”

‐ Dr. Keith Goosen, IAC Director, University of Delaware

"With private and corporate donations on the decline due to the slow economy, our Board of
Directors wanted to target non‐profits. Our program will give them a monetary leg up in the
realization of their missions while at the same time fulfilling the mission of the SEU. It’s a winwin
for everyone, especially for the elderly and those with disabilities who depend on these

‐ Tony DePrima, Executive Director, Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility

Delaware's Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) is a unique nonprofit organization created by the State of Delaware
to foster a sustainable energy future for the state. The SEU’s EnergizeDelaware programs are committed to
helping Delaware residents, businesses and non‐profits save energy and money by increasing the energy
efficiency of their facilities.