Solar Power World – New York school district adding solar system with Ameresco energy efficiency renovations
Ameresco, a clean technology integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, announced its selection from a competitive bid for Phase II renovations with Nyack Public Schools in Orangetown, New York. The contract is an 18-year energy savings agreement, including photovoltaic solar, which guarantees a minimum level of energy cost savings to Nyack Public Schools over the full term of the contract.
The energy conservation measures identified represent an investment by Ameresco totaling $3.5 million. In the first year alone, Nyack Public School District will receive guaranteed savings of $187,418. The partnership will not only help Nyack address its energy-related sustainability goals but also provide needed facility upgrades while creating future energy savings.
Ameresco will provide energy efficiency upgrades across seven facilities, including one high school, one middle school, three elementary schools, one administrative building and one garage totaling 521,180 square feet. Facility upgrades slated for the selected buildings involve improving interior and exterior lighting systems, adding 1.27 MW solar PV arrays (across the five schools) and demand-controlled ventilation, updating faucet aerators and improving building envelopment and kitchen walk-in cooler efficiency.
“As a public school, our goal is to create a better and brighter future for the generations of tomorrow,” said Gloria Menoutis, school business executive, Nyack Public Schools. “By entering into an Energy Savings Agreement of this magnitude with Ameresco, we can confidently say that we’re teaching our students an honorable lesson in the importance of sustainability and modern stewardship.”