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Ameresco to work on energy efficiency for schools
by Tribune Staff
Mar 23, 2012 | 780 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

LYON COUNTY — Ameresco, an energy-efficiency and renewable energy company, announced Thursday its Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Lyon County School District (LCSD) in western Nevada.  The $3.6 million ESPC is expected to save the state’s fourth largest school district over $345,000 annually for 15 years.

LCSD includes one of the oldest continuously operating schools in the state, and serves approximately 8,400 students.  The comprehensive energy-efficiency project comprises infrastructure upgrades to 19 schools and four administrative buildings representing more than 1.2 million square feet of facilities.  LCSD serves the communities of Dayton, Fernley, Silver Springs, Smith Valley and Yerington.  There are eight elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, one K-12 school and the Western Nevada Regional Youth Center.

Under an ESPC, Ameresco guarantees energy cost savings for the duration of the contract.  LCSD will repay the up-front costs with a portion of their projected annual savings over the contract’s 15 years.

Energy efficiency measures scheduled for completion by October, include lighting systems, vending machine controls, computer power management, trash compactors, demand controlled ventilation and programmable thermostats.

The energy conservation measures also are expected to cut LCSD’s operations and maintenance costs by nearly $25,000 by retrofitting light installations district wide.  Making these energy-efficiency upgrades also allows the district to capture $77,000 in rebates from the local natural gas and electric utility companies.

The greenhouse gas reduction benefits of the LCSD upgrades include the avoidance of 1,928 standard tons of carbon dioxide per year.  This reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is equivalent to removing 364 cars from the road or powering 208 homes each year.

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