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CASE STUDIES2019-08-24T09:41:36+00:00

EAST AURORA SCHOOL DISTRICT

“We’ve been particularly impressed by the efficiency of EcoLighting (Contractor) …all materials are staged onsite in a container and when installers arrive on site, they roll out specially made carts kitted and shrink wrapped with exactly what’s needed for the night’s job.”

Mark Spangler
Project Manager/CC&A

Customer Background

As part of a 5-year effort to upgrade their infrastructure and improve school facilities, East Aurora School District embarked upon a progressive plan to retrofit lighting, HVAC and other mechanical systems throughout their 18-school portfolio. Envisioning a streamlined, design/build approach, EASD collaborated with their trusted architectural advisor, Cordogan Clark & Associates, and together the two identified qualifications required to assist the District in upgrading their entire school system’s infrastructure, the primary goal being the ability to lower the cost and reduce the risk of upgrade.

Opportunity

Using SP’s innovative Utility Services Agreement, East Aurora School District benefits from a District-wide lighting upgrade to LED plus controls, all for zero out-of-pocket expense and the ability to convert what would have been a large capital expense into an operating cash positive with no balance sheet impact, all on the basis of lighting use. This approach to infrastructure investment accelerates facility improvements by moving individual projects from start to finish at a far greater pace than East Aurora School District could have otherwise done so by using more traditional means. As a result, a second more significant phase of improvements to HVAC and mechanical systems has already been contemplated and scoped.

Installation Facts

  • LED lighting retrofit

  • 18 separate school facilities including elementary, middle, high and magnate/academy

    • • Total of 1.9M sf
    • • Retrofit of 15,000 light fixtures
    • • Advanced networked lighting controls
  • Additional Scope: Phase II — HVAC Mechanical Retrofit

    • • 5-yr plan for comprehensive replacement of RTUs, Boilers, AHUs
    • • Estimated $70M investment in infrastructure

SP SaaS™ Benefits

  • Energy savings improves District’s financial bottom-line

  • SP infrastructure investment allows District to de-leverage its balance sheet, increasing cash reserves

  • Zoned smart controls enabled flexible classroom lighting; dimming at white boards, reducing glare

  • Room levels were commissioned and optimized to 50 FC at desk work surfaces

  • Corridor lighting with Autosense capability improves safety and convenience

GALVESTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE

“Partnering with SP on the courthouse and jail projects contributed towards helping us meet our sustainability goals and will result in a large, meaningful impact for the County. We’re using fewer natural resources and their model enabled us to do a utility-scale project without any related impact on County operating budgets. In fact, their Sustainability-as-a-Service® model returns money to the county.”

J. Dudley Anderson
County Architect, Galveston County

Customer Background

Galveston County, with a population of 300,000 residents, is a diverse region located on the Gulf Coast of Texas and considered home to a variety of nationally-renowned medical facilities, colleges & universities, technology companies as well as a thriving petrochemical industry. The City of Galveston also serves as the county seat with facilities that support local judicial, law enforcement and park & recreational functions.

Opportunity

Conservative yet forward-thinking by nature, Galveston County was interested in creative ways to accomplish its sustainability goals while still saving money and reducing energy-related operating expenses. Led by the County Architect, GSV Sustainability Partners and their Sustainability-as-a-Service™ model was chosen for initial use with energy efficiency projects on three facilities and with the further potential to enable additional water and energy saving projects as part of the counties ongoing sustainability efforts.

Installation Facts

  • LED lighting retrofit of nearly 7,000 lights.
  • Scope of work involved replacing T8 fluorescent tubes/ballasts with clear lens LED tubes w/external drivers; replacement of CFLs with LED “corn cobs”.
  • Installation  involved full lighting retrofit of three facilities including county courthouse, justice center and parking garage.
  • Existing fixtures were retained to speed installation and minimize tenant disruption.
  • Installation completion: October 2015

SP SaaS™ Benefits

  • Streamlined process for energy upgrade projects; reduced project cycle time by up to 18 months.
  • Reduced energy costs without impact on County operating budgets.
  • SaaS™ Service Agreement structure enabled use of PCA Interlocal contract.
  • Improves County’s environmental footprint by consuming less energy and saving natural resources.
  • Eliminate maintenance & repair costs.

SEALY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Customer Background

Sealy Independent School District is comprised of elementary, junior high and high school locations serving a student population of nearly 2,800 students in Sealy, TX and the surrounding area, a 217 square mile region. Recognized by the Texas Education Agency for exemplary performance across all categories and schools, Sealy’s motto of “Where Excellence has become Tradition” now extends to the manner by which the District approaches energy efficiency and sustainability projects – using SP’s SaaS™ offering.

Opportunity

With a management team known for leadership and pioneering trends, Sealy ISD’s new Superintendent, Ms. Sheryl Moore, and Executive Director for Business Services, Mr. Jim Obermeier, saw an opportunity to lead the way in Texas as the first school district to utilize SP’s Sustainability-as-a-Service offering. Sealy ISD reasoned they could use SP to pay for, install and own energy saving LED lighting and focus their budget dollars on their core mission of preparing students to reach their ambitions. Piloting the approach at Selman Elementary School, the project paves the way for deployment of energy- and watersaving technologies District-wide with no out-of-pocket expense or impact to operating expenses or balance sheet.

Installation Facts

  • Phase I LED lighting retrofit of Elementary School
  • Scope included 600 3-lamp 2×4 troffers containing high-efficiency T12’s replaced by 12W LED tubes in hallways, classrooms and auditorium.
  • Wattage reduced by 65%.
  • Real-time M&V through eGauge EG3000 dataloggers reporting to Aquicore EMS.
  • Installation performed over one weekend, eliminating student disruption.
  • Project completion: November 2015.

SP SaaS™ Benefits

  • Positive impact to balance sheet, no cash outlay or obligation.
  • Option to buy-out equipment at any time for cost less depreciation was attractive.
  • Contracting for SaaS service agreement avoided lengthy procurement process.
  • Maintenance obligation borne by SP netted additional savings.
  • Reduced flicker, improved quality of facility lighting for students and teacher.

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