Logan County schools will be saving some green by going green, thanks to a recent decision by the school board.
The Logan County Board of Education has agreed to a performance-based guaranteed energy savings project that will guarantee energy and operational savings for the district. The program allows the district to defer a large amount of capital monies by generating savings from the operating budget and using those savings to pay for the capital improvements. During a work session, the Board of Education and representatives from Trane met to determine project scope.
“This will be a great opportunity for Logan County Schools to address much needed upgrades and improve the learning environment,” said Logan County superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub. “This will be the second performance-based guaranteed energy savings project that we have done with Trane. In the first project, we saved more than $1 million in energy expenses, which was nearly $300,000 more than the targeted cumulative energy savings that Trane guaranteed.
“Our students and staff deserve to work in well lit, comfortable schools which reflect the excellence that is part of everything we do in Logan County. Our community expects us to efficiently manage our financial assets and be good stewards of the energy and natural resources we have been afforded.”
Harshaw Trane, a Kentucky-based, intelligent-building technology and energy services provider, will implement projects to improve the learning environment for both staff and students that include temperature controls, better air quality and improved lighting levels. Logan County Schools will be among the first school districts in Kentucky to have elementary schools with LED lighting in the learning environment.
Trane’s proposal includes HVAC upgrades, energy efficient windows and new ceiling tiles at Adairville School, the addition of geothermal well fields at Olmstead School and Chandlers School, interior and exterior upgrades to LED fixtures throughout the district and other energy efficiency measures that will provide the district with system reliability and centralized control, energy efficiency, a reduced carbon footprint and student and staff overall comfort as well as the potential for ENERGY STAR schools.
“What excites me most is that this $8.2 million project will be funded using $3.3 million of state funds, and the remaining $5 million will be funded through annual guaranteed energy savings.” said Hub.
“We look forward to continuing our long term partnership with Logan County Schools,” said Chris Jaggers, Education Market Leader. “The district will be able to leverage these savings for capital improvements, further creating the best learning environment for staff and students.”
About Harshaw Trane
Harshaw Trane (www.harshawtrane.com) creates and sustains high performing, efficient and secure facility environments. An intelligent building technology and energy services provider, the company employs 280 highly-trained associates including Certified Energy Managers and LEED Accredited Professionals, is an ENERGY STAR Product and Services Provider and is a founding member of the Kentucky Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Harshaw Trane is headquartered in Louisville and has offices in Lexington and Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.