Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, recently announced that it has completed an energy efficiency project with Lynwood Unified School District in Lynwood, California. The energy efficiency measures will save the district $4.3 million in utility costs over the next 15 years.
The two-phased project began in August 2015 and reached commercial operations in February 2019. Seven of the district’s least efficient elementary schools, along with its administrative office building, were the subjects of Ameresco-led energy retrofits that included the installation of comprehensive LED lighting, web-based energy management, wireless lighting control systems and upgraded HVAC systems. The schools now operating efficiently are: Lindbergh Elementary, Will Rogers Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Helen Keller Elementary, Lugo Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary.
The energy efficiency upgrades that the district has pursued are exceeding the estimated energy savings by an additional 9% annually. This equates to a reduction in electrical costs of 34% —representing approximately $234,000 in annual savings.
The district received a $3.9 million grant to complete this project, made possible by Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, which allocates funding to public schools that are pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.