Pueblo City Schools D60 in Colorado, in partnership with McKinstry, has begun implementing energy savings measures. The project will pay for itself over the next 20 years via various incentives and guaranteed energy savings.
In November 2014, the district awarded a contract to McKinstry to audit 10 of the 39 district facilities for opportunities to save energy. In May 2015, the Board of Education approved a $10.4 million project that includes boiler replacements, LED lighting retrofits, installation of solar photovoltaic arrays at two schools, heating and cooling unit replacements, and building control system upgrades.
The district utilized a portion of its renewable energy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant from the US Department of Education to add the solar arrays at two of its STEM schools, which will provide real-world learning opportunities for their students and staff. This opportunity was combined with $660,000 in anticipated utility rebates from Black Hills Energy and a $1 million capital investment from the district. The rest of the project will be funded by the reduced energy and operating costs.
Along with the cost savings, classrooms will heat and cool more evenly, ventilation will be improved in certain areas, the light quality will be improved, equipment will break down much less frequently, and students will be engaged in energy efficiency through the adoption of behavioral changes in the classroom with McKinstry’s powerED program.
McKinstry’s powerED program uses a collaborative approach to focus on people, process, and performance. The people component educates building occupants about the importance of energy efficiency and environmental impacts; the process component identifies and implements low- and no-cost operational and maintenance strategies to reduce energy use; and the performance component tracks, measures, analyzes and quantifies energy savings and carbon reductions to pinpoint opportunities, communicate performance, and promote success.
Future phases will integrate energy efficiency and capital upgrades in the remaining 29 district facilities over the next two to three years.