ACUSD Approves Energy Plan

ACUSD Approves Energy Plan

The Amador County School Board has given final approval to a large-scale new energy efficiency plan for the School District.  The approved plan will spend almost ten million dollars to replace old heating and air conditioning units, replace old lighting, install smart thermostats and centralized computer-based environmental controls, and install a solar farm on the Argonaut High School campus.  A million and half dollars will come from Proposition 39 funding and 1.8 million from the School district's capital fund. The remaining 6.7 million dollars will be borrowed, using programs that offer special low interest rates for energy efficiency programs.  These loans will then be repaid using the money saved by the District's energy efficiency.  The fiscal review of the project, which assumes that energy costs will increase 5% a year, states that the School District will save an estimated $16.3 million in energy costs once the loans are repaid over the next twenty years.   Looking forward to spending that saved money, the School Board also voted to re-establish the District's deferred maintenance fund, so as to use money saved on energy costs, on maintenance and repairs of building throughout the school district.  Financing of the project is expected to take place in December, and construction on the various projects to begin in February.

 

Written by Craig Baracco

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