Servidyne, an energy efficiency and demand response company, plans to commence work on an approximately $5.8m design-build retro-commissioning (RCx) project for the Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC), under a contract with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA).

GEFA will finance the RCx project, which is expected to reduce the government’s energy costs by more than $2m a year upon completion, with a $63.1m grant that GEFA received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Servidyne will initiate the process to identify energy saving opportunities through retro-commissioning by auditing over 170 buildings at 60 GDC locations and work over the next 12 to 15 months to save energy, using local assistance from local contractors and other small businesses.

RCx projects aim to identify low cost energy efficiency improvement opportunities offering short financial paybacks through upgrades like optimizing building controls, restoring building systems to their original settings, optimizing HVAC systems, and reducing facility water consumption.

Servidyne chairman and CEO Alan Abrams said that Servidyne was awarded this project in August and it represents a significant contract for their company on many levels.

“This energy savings project will employ dozens of contractors, and should benefit a number of small business owners throughout the State,” Abrams said.