We have some good news to report for our district...we were just awarded The Energy Service Coalition 2017 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award!
On November 1st, we were invited to attend The 7th Annual Energy Service Coalition (ESC) Michigan Chapter Awards in Lansing. The Parchment School District along with five (5) other agencies were nominated for The ESC 2017 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Award. As many of you may recall, back in February of 2015, we collaborated with Honeywell for a Guaranteed Energy Saving Performance Project. Honeywell s role for the project was General Contractor for Energy Performance Contract work, Energy Auditing, Design Engineering, Project Management, Commissioning, Performance Measurement & Verification, Warranty Service, and Maintenance Agreement. The project was funded via a Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) at 0% interest through Chemical Bank.
L-R John Madaras, School Board President, Norm Saari, Commission for Michigan Public Service Commission, Superintendent Matthew Miller, Greg Mackey, Honeywell Account Executive
The project took place between February 2015 and January 2016. Parchment School District was able to experience savings/cost avoidance of $154,222 for the first year alone. That, combined with our utility rebates and installation period savings/cost avoidance, now totals $259,322! By participating in this project, the Parchment School District was able to do several district improvements without any additional general fund cost to the district. The entire project will be funded, over time, by the savings generated. Parchment was able to install a condensing boiler at the Middle School and North Elementary. Boiler control panels throughout the District were installed and set up to sequence boilers (existing and new) based on heating requirements. The biggest contributor of savings was the lighting retrofits and replacement. With the money saved by these and other energy saving improvements, we were able to replace roofs on several buildings, install wireless access in all buildings, and install the new sign in front of the Middle School. Other benefits from the project include reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improved learning environment for students and faculty to assist the district with student achievement goals.
I would like to express my appreciation to the Board of Education for taking the steps necessary to make this project possible. The students, staff, and our district will reap the benefits for many years to come.
Yours in Education,
Matthew J. Miller,