HARRISBURG, Penn. – Pennsylvania State Employees CU has teamed up with several energy companies to develop an onsite power generation system that will provide back-up energy for the credit union’s new 239,000-square-foot headquarters.

The configuration allows for back-up reliability of the $71 million project’s data center while providing excess heating and cooling capability for the offices. At the projected day one loads, the 2.5 MW diesel generator will support the entire building and data center loads. If there happened to be an extended electrical grid outage, the system can support ongoing data center operations indefinitely, on natural gas.

The AC1000 Capstone turbine and a Thermax absorption chiller will provide 800 kW of power and 300 tons of chilled water to the data center, is a key feature of the GREEN project and will reduce emissions of CO2 by 1,468 tons per year, which is equivalent to moving 243 cars from the road.

The $4 billion credit union teamed up with UGI Performance Solutions, the energy arm of UGI HVAC Enterprises, Inc., owned by UGI Corporation, for the power generator. UGIPS exclusively developed the power system in conjunction with Bala Engineering and The Capstone Corp.

Other architectural highlights of the new headquarters are an exterior glass curtain and terra cotta panels, an exercise trail around the facility’s perimeter, a first floor entrance with water features and glass handrail stairs, a state-of-the-art security/audiovisual systems, a day care center with playground area and a full kitchen facility. This project is seeking a LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council and is expected to be completed in October 2013.


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