LIBERTY — The Liberty Board of Education is looking at millions in anticipated energy savings for the district as they move forward on several energy saving infrastructure upgrade projects through next fall.
The board at a special meeting Tuesday approved entering into an agreement with Guaranteed Clean Energy of Columbus. Liberty Local Schools Superintendent Joseph Nohra said if the board has all the energy program projects done at a cost $1.352 million, it will create a cash flow of $1.051 million in energy savings over 15 years and result in a total energy savings of $3.136 million.
Nohra said if the board approves all the energy programs as well as the turf field for the stadium, the project will cost $2.012 million, with a cash flow of $481,000. The board has until January to make a decision on the turf.
“Either way this will realize savings for the district for 15 years. There will be a cash flow generated just from the electrical work,” Nohra said.
Andy Bittner, CEO of Guaranteed Clean Energy, said the project will begin this year and take about 10 months for installation, with work being completed for the start of 2019-2020 school year. The fastest payback measures will be installed this year and next spring.
Bittner said “the key is each energy savings project pays for itself, which is what we designed this project to be.” He said there is a three-year guarantee of savings.
“We use the existing infrastructure they have and pull as much energy savings as we can, which is good financial sense. This district will become a leader once the project is done. Other districts will look at energy savings in a different way,” he said.
Projects include LED lighting conversion, sensors and controls and load shedding, building envelope, solar window film, security film, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, data monitoring system and if approved, a turf athletic field.
Estimated cost for the turf athletic field is $650,000 or less. Nohra said the improvements at the stadium would use of one-third of the wattage now used there.
Nohra said the artificial surface is looked at as a clean-energy project.
“The project does not have to be $10 million and rip everything down to make it work, but rather look at the existing infrastructure of what smaller things can be done for a return,” Bittner said. “We looked at the existing resources they had. There is as much as 35 percent or more of energy reduction.”
Nohra said he would like to have a focus group of staff and students look at growth in extracurricular activities if there was an updated athletic complex.