June 24, 2010
The Omak School District in Omak, Wash., is implementing an energy-saving performance contract with Schneider Electric, Dallas.
The $600,000 project, funded with a combination of district capital, utility incentives, and reallocated savings, will reduce the district’s energy costs by 15 percent. Schneider guarantees the amount of savings and agrees to pay the difference if that amount is not realized.
The school district serves 1,800 students in grades pre-K through 12. The performance contract is necessary to alleviate excessive energy use by the district, correct poor lighting quality, and improve temperature control in many district classrooms. The project includes energy conservation measures such as upgrading the building management systems, installing energy-efficient lighting, and adding lighting controls with occupancy sensors.
The school district is expected to reduce its carbon emissions by 136 tons annually when the performance contract is complete. This is equivalent to planting 5,458 trees, removing 29 cars from the roads, or making 18 households carbon-neutral.
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