Clarkstown Central School District
Ameresco delivered $7 million in infrastructure improvements, including a photovoltaic array and sensors that shut off vending machines and lights when they are not needed, allowing the Clarkstown Central School District to earn ENERGY STAR® certification and save more than $460,000 annually on energy costs.
Town of Natick
Ameresco set an aggressive schedule to meet regulatory requirements and had crews work nights and weekends to avoid classroom disruptions as it developed solar power arrays on public school rooftops.
Big Spring School District
A major geothermal project using 112 wells to provide heating at two schools was part of a renewable energy and energy efficiency project for the Big Spring School District. Ameresco moved from contract selection to construction within three months, enabling the district to comply with a narrow window for state capital funding
City of Fall River
Unused rooftop space on three Fall River public schools provided the perfect location for solar power generation, with the three sites rated for 461 kW of energy.
Adair County Schools
"Adair County Schools have saved thousands annually to help pay for [energy] improvements and retrofits," said Darrell Treece, Superintendent of Adair County Schools in Central Kentucky. "The natural gas and electricity alone that we have saved is equal to 1,691 metric tons of CO2."
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-efficient schools can lower a school district's annual operating costs by up to 30%. This is a significant amount, considering that the annual energy bill to run America's primary and secondary schools is $6 billion. Yet far too often in public and private school systems, cuts in faculty are considered over a reduction in energy expenses which are viewed as a non-controllable cost. Cutting faculty, as well as paying too much for energy, have been shown to directly reduce educational quality.
With services ranging from budget-neutral energy infrastructure upgrades to energy supply management to invoice management, Ameresco offers several opportunities for saving energy in schools that can open up additional funding for educational programs. Through an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), Ameresco can design, build, operate and maintain new energy facilities and school upgrades with no up-front capital costs, collecting a portion of the energy cost savings while the remaining savings are kept by schools and put toward other expenses.
"We hired Ameresco based on its successful track record of working with schools and communities throughout the country, and we have been very pleased with the results of the partnership. The ESPC model has enabled us to implement wide-ranging energy and infrastructure upgrades that otherwise would have not been possible without the performance contracting."
--Cloverleaf Local School District Superintendant Daryl Kubilus, Jr.
Ameresco's Better Schools Program utilizes both pure and applied research to work collaboratively with school boards and academic and facility staff to align, implement and monitor school renewal resources to enhance teaching and learning environments while creating energy-efficient schools. As part of this program, Ameresco can train school faculty to educate their students on behavior modification that can dramatically reduce energy use.
FEATURED CASE STUDY:
SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Southeastern Regional found itself trapped between equipment nearly half a century old and state regulations that threatened fines if the school did not find a way to reduce its water consumption.
An energy savings performance contract (ESPC) provided budget-neutral funding, and Ameresco provided expertise, equipping the school with a trigeneration plant that provides electricity, heat and chilled water for summertime use. The school reduced its water use by 50% and will save $276,000 annually in energy costs.
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