November 17, 2011 (COLUMBUS) Six Ohio school districts will be participating in a program designed to produce significant energy conservation savings.
The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) gave its approval at its November 17, 2011 meeting to projects in the Ashland County-West Holmes Joint Vocational (Ashland), Eaton Community City (Preble County, Groveport-Madison Local (Franklin County), Marion City (Marion County), Southeastern Local (Clark County), and Williamsburg Local (Clermont County) school districts. The projects will be completed under the Commission’s Energy Conservation program, more commonly known as the H.B. 264 program. The six districts expect to see nearly $751,000 in annual savings through the planned improvements.
“Reducing energy costs and consumption is a major goal for school districts,” said OSFC Executive Director Richard M. Hickman. “The savings generated through the HB 264 program will allow these six districts to upgrade their facilities and become more energy efficient. Furthermore, the energy savings will cover the cost of the financing used to fund the projects."
The Ashland County – West Holmes Joint Vocational School District project includes the installation of upgrades to lighting and some ventilation-related work. The district estimates $13,191 in annual energy and operational savings.
The Eaton Community City School District project includes the installation of an upgraded air filtration system, new exterior LED lighting, and a energy management system. The district estimates $24,157 in annual energy and operational savings.
The Groveport – Madison Local School District project includes work in ten separate buildings. Among the various items to be done will be the replacement of boilers and hot water heaters in all ten buildings, the installation of automatic flush toilets, and upgrades to lighting controls. Five (5) of the buildings will also undergo a lighting upgrade. The district estimates $484,597 in annual energy and operational savings.
The Marion City School District project will be an expansion of a project started earlier this year. It includes work in nine buildings with the replacement of HVAC chiller systems and the installation of upgrades to lighting. Also, the district will be installing an innovative technology system to assist in energy monitoring. The district projects $162,566 in annual energy and operational savings.
The Southeastern Local School District project includes the installation of upgrades to lighting in two buildings and an exterior LED lighting system at one other building. The district estimates $19,139 in annual energy and operational savings.
The Williamsburg Local School District project includes the installation of upgrades to lighting and building control systems, along with the replacement of the HVAC chiller system. The district estimates $47,279 in annual energy and operational savings.