Conserving Energy for a Next Generation Learning Environment

By CIOReview | Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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FREMONT, CA: In an era of global warming, saving energy is necessary to check the ecological balance in nature. Realizing the necessity for energy conservation, Ameresco (NYSE:AMRC) which offers comprehensive services, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions, partnered with Hillsboro School District, in the state of Oregon to work on a Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). Ameresco will be working on a $3.5 million contract to improve the operational efficiency in thirteen schools. The schools that are included in the assignment are Brookwood Elementary School, Century High School, Farmington View Elementary School, Hillsboro High School, J.W. Poynter Middle School, Miller Education Center West, Mooberry Elementary School, North Plains Elementary School, Orenco Elementary School, Patterson Elementary School, R.A. Brown Middle School, Reedville Elementary School, and W.L. Henry Elementary School.  While enhancing these identified schools, the efficiency measures and upgrades will also support the district’s sustainability goals as there will be an annual reduction of approximately 790 tons of CO₂ greenhouse gas emissions which is equivalent to removing 106 cars from the road or preserving 216 acres of mature trees each year.

The partnership will involve lighting retrofits, installing CO₂-based ventilation control, occupancy and daylighting sensors for lighting control, adding variable speed pumps, heating and air conditioning controls upgrades, and retro-commissioning. Installation of building automation systems, upgrades to electrical service to increase capacity; installing natural gas water heaters to replace electric water heaters; and identifying district-wide water saving measures are some of the other things that the project will delve into.

“Ameresco commends the Hillsboro School District for its commitment to academic excellence and for embracing a fiscally-responsible solution to implement a wide-range of enhancements at its schools,” says Louis P. Maltezos, Executive VP, Ameresco.