LUSD begins second wave of energy savings

Lindsay Unified begins $3 million in work to install LED lighting, high-efficiency heating and cooling units and more solar panels

The Sun-Gazette

LINDSAY – Lindsay Unified School District will soon be saving enough electricity to power three neighborhoods each year.

The school district is set to begin a second wave of energy infrastructure and sustainability modernizations approved by its board of trustees in October. 

“We’re embodying our mission to ‘empower and motivate for today and tomorrow’ by initiating phase two of this energy infrastructure investment,” LUSD Superintendent Thomas Rooney said. “It was a natural choice for our board after reflecting on the benefits of the first phase of energy improvements. We’re thrilled to add more ‘green’ features to our schools so, as a district, we can continue becoming more resilient and fiscally healthy.”

The initiative is a follow-up to the District’s 2017 energy audit and consequent LED lighting and networked temperature controls, which have enhanced LUSD student comfort and reaped general fund savings over the last year. The audit, conducted by Climatec, a provider of building technologies and energy solutions, identified additional infrastructure needs and sustainability opportunities that the District plans to address during the second phase of the district-wide energy infrastructure program.

Phase two includes:

  • Installing interior LED lighting across 12 sites
  • Extending the existing energy management system to two more campuses
  • Installing high-efficiency heating and cooling units at three sites
  • Implementing solar photovoltaic arrays at three sites

LUSD authorized the investment of approximately $3.3 million for the project which will garner more than $8 million in savings over the life of the new equipment. The District was able to secure 100 percent of project funds through a combination of Southern California Edison’s no-interest On-Bill Financing program and low-interest, tax-exempt private funding. This innovative financing solution funded the project without any need for capital or bond funds.

“We’re empowering our learners, staff and leadership by pursuing more for our district, and by extension, our community,” said Grant Schimelpfening, LUSD chief business official. “We’re grateful to our partners, like Climatec and SCE, for making this project possible. Through our partnerships, and with our community’s support, we’re getting to add improvements at little cost but great benefit to the District.”

Together, phases one and two will reduce LUSD’s annual electric consumption by about 1,439,776 kWh. This is equivalent to taking 207 cars off the road, saving 112,423 gallons of gasoline, preserving 29,616 trees from deforestation and powering 148 American homes. Adding to the environmental savings, pollutants, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric dioxide will decrease considerably.

“The upgrades completed to date and projected for the future are a testament to Lindsay USD’s adaptability and innovativeness,” said Tyler Girtman, LUSD regional manager at Climatec. “There are multiple benefits that come with energy infrastructure improvements, like positioning students to succeed, reaping significant financial and energy savings, efficiently using vital resources, the list goes on. At Climatec, we’re proud to help make these benefits a reality for cities and school districts, like LUSD, who want to make California more ‘green.’”

For the next few months, LUSD will post updates to its social media, sharing Phase II’s developments with its students, staff and the community-at-large.

Lindsay Unified School District serves the Lindsay community across its 10 schools. The learning facilitators, leaders, and support staff in Lindsay Unified are proven professionals with an impressive record of dedicated service to the learners they serve. In Lindsay Unified, all learners are educated by people that are highly skilled, caring, compassionate, and persistent in maintaining high levels of academic rigor. The team consists of innovative, dedicated, committed people who are focused on learning and really believe in our learners. Follow LUSD on Facebook at; Twitter @Lindsay_USD; Instagram @lindsayunified and YouTube (The Lindsay Unified Story).

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