Bledsoe County Schools in Pikeville, Tenn. has reached a $500,000 energy savings milestone as a result of a comprehensive facilities improvement project focused on energy efficiency.
Bledsoe County Schools partnered with Schneider Electric to conduct a comprehensive energy audit and install $1 million in infrastructure and efficiency improvements across its five schools and Board of Education building. The customized energy efficiency solution included a district-wide energy management system. The system allows facility staff to monitor and control all district buildings from a single location. The school also replaced outdated lighting in classrooms and gymnasiums with high efficiency lighting that provides a brighter, safer learning environment.
“Over the years, we’ve used energy savings to create a learning environment where our students thrive, all at no cost to our local community, said Jennifer Terry, Director of Schools for Bledsoe County.
Furthermore, the project was funded through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which uses projected utility savings to pay for infrastructure improvements. This enables cash-strapped school districts to tackle deferred maintenance projects without raising taxes in the local community.
In addition to annual energy savings, the project has also made a substantial environmental impact on the community, removing 4,329 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Schools across the country are increasingly committing to energy efficient improvements. Solar PV and energy storage-powered air conditioning has been installed in schools on Hawaii’s island of O’ahu. Officials at Waialua High and Intermediate school partnered with SimpliPhi Power, Ameresco Solar and Haleakala Solar for the project.
Savings across other districts:
Other school districts that have seen savings related to energy efficient improvements include:
- Saving $170,000 annually, or $3.5 million over the life of the project
Thomasville City Schools (Thomasville, GA)
- Saving $150,000 annually, or $4 million over the life of the project
Crenshaw County Schools (Luverne, AL)
- $4.2 million in savings over the next 20 years
- $6.2 million in savings over the life of the project
- District’s annual utility budget reduced by 32% as a result
Santa Paula Unified School District (Santa Paula, CA)
- $4 million in savings over the life of the project