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Colonial School District Launches Energy-Saving Project


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The Colonial School District (CSD) is launching a $7.6 million green, energy-saving improvement project financed through the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU). The project will increase the energy efficiency of the schools, enhance the learning environment, and lower the district’s environmental impact. The project will save approximately 28% of the current annual electric consumption and 15% of the current annual heating fuel

consumption while reducing the district’s carbon footprint by 20% by improving efficiencies. All Colonial schools and administrative buildings will be involved in the energy-saving project. Repayment of the project funding will come from the energy savings realized over the next 20 years, and there is no additional cost to Colonial taxpayers. CSD partnered with Seiberlich Trane Energy Services, located in New Castle, DE, to complete a formal audit of the targeted locations and to identify energy conservation measures that would best meet the needs of CSD. The Guaranteed Savings Agreement includes installation of the selected solutions including optimizing heating and cooling systems, adding energy efficient LED interior and exterior lighting, sealing the buildings, upgrad- ing boiler systems, adding natural gas service, and conserving water. As a result of the energy-saving improvements, Colonial will save 3,734,193 kWh of electricity per year in reference to the established baseline, which energy savings equates to a reduction of 3,078.05 metric tons of CO 2 or CO 2 equivalent emissions annually. There will be more than 60 local jobs directly created throughout this project; jobs filled by Delaware companies, many located within the Colonial School District. The energy-saving project will be leveraged as a learning tool for Colonial students utilizing Trane’s BTU™ Crew as a part of the science curriculum. The BTU™ Crew is an educational program addressing energy use and conservation in buildings, as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers that are fun and have a positive contribution to the environment. The program will give 6 th grade students at McCullough Middle School the guidance and tools to make a difference today and in the future. (CSD con Ɵ nued on page 2.) 

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