Eatonville, Wash., School District completes $2.2 M performance contract with Schneider Electric

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, announced today the completion of a $2.2 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the Eatonville School District in Eatonville, Wash., which involved an overhaul of the existing heating system at Columbia Crest Elementary School, along with significant lighting and controls upgrades to Eatonville Middle School and Eatonville High School. The project will enable the district to sustain long-term energy efficiency in its facilities, while saving approximately 24 percent of its annual energy costs.

“I have had the opportunity to work on many capital improvement projects over the past 38 years, and I will say emphatically that working with Schneider Electric has been a tremendous pleasure,” said Rich Stewart, superintendent, Eatonville School District. “Schneider Electric has delivered on all aspects from the first meeting to finalizing the project. The project that was developed from the energy audit is complete, under budget and on time. I cannot emphasize enough how pleased we are.”

The majority of the ESPC focused on Columbia Crest Elementary School, whose HVAC system was in need of repair and lacked integration with the district’s building management systems. In collaboration with authorized Schneider Electric Partner CCI, Schneider Electric installed an entirely new and integrated HVAC system, lighting controls and direct digital controls (DDC). The ESPC also included upgrading the High School’s pool heat exchanger as well as retrofitting the exterior lighting retrofits at all three schools. These upgrades deliver significant improvements to the district’s efficiency and productivity.

The ESPC will provide Eatonville School District $1.6 million in energy savings over the lifetime of the project. In addition to utilizing the project savings, the district received a $900,000 state energy grant and more than $38,000 in utility incentives. In addition to the financial benefits the ESPC will bring, the district can also expect to reduce its energy use by 1.6 million kilowatt hours, which is equivalent to taking 282 cars off the roads annually. Eatonville School District is now on track to be environmentally and financially efficient.

In the past 20 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented nearly 500 ESPCs across the nation and helped clients around the world save more than $1 billion. An ESPC helps publicly-funded entities make capital improvements over longer payback periods. An ESPC offers many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management and environmental protection. Typically, new, more efficient equipment and upgraded facility automation systems maximize energy efficiency and generate utility savings.

“Through this performance contract, we worked closely with the staff at Eatonville School District to help them address their infrastructure needs,” said Jordan Lerner, regional director, Schneider Electric. “The upgrades we facilitated for these three schools will not only improve their energy efficiency, but more importantly, will improve indoor comfort and create a better environment for student learning and achievement.” 

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company's 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 30.8 billion US dollars (24 billion euros) in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.