Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric today announced that Chambers County Schools in Lafayette, Alabama has reached a $500,000 savings milestone resulting from a comprehensive facilities improvement project. Schneider Electric presented a Savings Milestone Award to the Chambers County Schools Board of Education to recognize the district’s strides in energy conservation since the start of the project in 2015.
“This savings milestone is a testament to our ongoing initiative to operate in the most fiscally responsible way, allowing us to ensure optimal learning environments without burdening local taxpayers,” said Dr. Kelli Hodge, Superintendent, Chambers County Schools. “We are extremely proud to partner with an expert like Schneider Electric who took the time to understand our needs and has deep experience throughout the state of Alabama.”
For many years, Chambers County Schools struggled with a growing list of deferred maintenance challenges, including equipment failures and outdated technology. To address these issues, the district turned to Schneider Electric to conduct a comprehensive energy audit and develop a customized energy efficiency plan. Savings came from a wide variety of measures that improved energy efficiency and enhanced the learning environment, including:
Brightening classrooms, hallways, gyms and outdoor spaces with the latest lighting and controls
Streamlining operations with a new district-wide building automation system
Reducing water waste with retrofits to existing systems
Improving staff productivity with IT server virtualization
Saving energy with computer power management and mechanical modifications at select buildings
Improving comfort with window replacements at six schools
The project was funded through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which uses projected utility
savings to pay for infrastructure improvements. This enables cash-strapped school districts to tackle deferred maintenance projects without raising taxes in the local community.
“Chambers County Schools has demonstrated a commitment to ongoing sustainability initiatives, and we are proud to help the district meet its operational goals and take on much-needed infrastructure improvements,” said Tammy Fulop, Vice President, Schneider Electric. “We are committed to helping school districts in Alabama and beyond create best-in-class learning environments while becoming leaders in sustainability.”