EPC Newsletter Content This document explains the scope, costs and overall savings of this project.
What is an energy performance project:
An energy performance project is focused on capital improvements that result in measurable net energy savings for the district over a 15 year period. New York State will not approve nor aid the project unless the savings can be proven and guaranteed.
Who will the district contract with to complete this project?
The district is working with our architect and engineering firm CS Arch and after an extensive RFP process Ecosytem Energy Services will complete and guarantee the work.
Will this project increase taxes?
No. The guaranteed energy savings and state aid will cover all costs associated with construction and financing.
What happens if the energy savings are not realized?
Included in the energy performance contract with Ecosystems is a guaranteed savings clause. If our annual savings are not realized over the 18 year period of the contract, Ecosystems writes the district a check for the difference each year.
What if voters say no?
The project can still proceed at no cost to taxpayers. The net savings would be $1.6 million over 18 years.
Why ask voters for approval?
With voter approval the state would provide 10% additional aid that will increase the net savings for the district by over $317,000.
We just completed a project. Why do this project now?
Every dollar we spend on electricity and heating is one less dollar we can invest towards teaching and learning. The net savings to the district cannot be guaranteed within a traditional capital project.
Besides guaranteed energy savings are there other benefits?
The number one benefit will be more comfortable classrooms. This project will address the temperature swings that often occur in classrooms. It will also improve lighting throughout our buildings. Our students will be able to interact with engineers and track the energy savings within the classrooms. The district will be able to model being more green to our students who will be our environmental stewards for the majority of this century.