Jasper City Schools enter energy savings contract

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 3/29/16

Coming Wednesday, a feature on the new Walker High School

The Jasper City Schools district has approved a contract with Schneider Electric to realize energy savings throughout the school system.

Months ago, the school board began exploring the …

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Jasper City Schools enter energy savings contract

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Coming Wednesday, a feature on the new Walker High School

The Jasper City Schools district has approved a contract with Schneider Electric to realize energy savings throughout the school system.

Months ago, the school board began exploring the advantages of partnering with an energy management company. At Monday night’s board meeting, a motion was approved to sign a contract with Schneider Electric, an energy and sustainability company that is estimated to help the school district save $7.1 million in 20 years.

“We do think we can reduce district energy costs by 24 percent,” said Todd Smith, the sales team leader of Schneider Electric.

Many changes will be made throughout the school district in the coming months to reduce energy costs. Interior and exterior LED lighting will be installed in the district’s schools, a new roof will be installed at Memorial Park Elementary School and multiple HVAC units will be replaced in schools.

“It’s really going to change the way your schools are going to look a feel,” Smith said of the new LED lights. “It’s going to help with safety on the outside, and on the inside it’s going to help with student comfort.”

Smith said many of the district’s HVAC units are nearly 30 years old, and replacing several at the same time will help realize even more energy savings.

Occupancy based lighting control with also be installed in schools, and a district-wide building automation system will help manage energy savings. Alerts will also occur when electrical units in any school are failing.

“The key to it all is we’re long-term partners with you guys,” Kyle Keith, the senior account executive for Schneider Electric, said. “After everything is implemented, we’re going to be tracking and making sure that the systems are performing the way we say they’re going to perform. ... We’re just excited to get started.”

The environmental impact of the project is said to be the equivalent of removing 13,080 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, removing 2,800 cars from the road or planting 65,400 trees.

If the school system has more energy costs than estimated by Schneider Electric, they will be reimbursed by Schneider, making energy cost savings a guarantee for the district.

The partnership is said to save taxpayers just over $300,000.

In other business, the board:

•approved the district’s 2016-17 school calendar.

•approved the updated wellness and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) policies.