Ameresco announced it has won a $7.5 million Guaranteed Energy Savings Performance Contract (GESPC) from Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) to upgrade infrastructure and improve energy efficiency.
In addition to improving the learning environment for students, this project will improve the performance of the school buildings, lower operating costs and reduce their carbon footprint by 3,500 tons of carbon annually, according to school authorities.
The project is expected to save the school division more than $8.7 million over the 12-year term. It includes energy conservation measures (ECMs) designed to reduce overall energy consumption and emissions, and to optimize energy efficiency of the facilities, while improving the learning environment.
Interior and exterior lighting will be retrofit with energy efficient LED lighting technology and controls throughout the school division, optimizing light levels in individual classrooms and enhancing savings. The extended life of LED technologies will greatly reduce lighting maintenance.
The project also includes water reduction measures including low-flow efficient fixture retrofits at many school division facilities to help reduce water usage and save money.