California Schools to Save $4.8M with Lighting Retrofits at 8 schools

Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) in California formed a partnership with Johnson Controls to improve the lighting infrastructure in eight schools. An energy savings performance contract that projects $4.8 million savings over 20 years is enabling the retrofit, the district says.

The $3.9 million improvements include installing intelligent LED lighting fixtures to help modernize school infrastructure, initiate energy savings throughout the expanding district, and improve the environment for student and faculty performance.Each lighting unit will be manually dimmable and have a daylight harvesting sensor to automatically dim fixtures if natural light is available, Johnson Controls and the school district say. In addition, the fixtures have motion sensors that interconnect with all the other lighting elements in a room to reduce the amount of equipment and wiring required.

FCUSD is located in eastern Sacramento County and serves more than 20,000 students in 32 schools across Folsom and Rancho Cordova. School district officials collaborated with Johnson Controls Performance Infrastructure leaders to develop a project installation plan. Besides an energy savings contract, the plan utilizes funds granted by Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.Installation is expected to take eight months, according to FCUSD and Johnson Controls.

"Proposition 39 allows the school district to receive the money upfront to design and build the project, and still receive the expected payback in reduced utility costs of an equal or greater amount through the energy savings performance contract," said Mike Kozlowski, performance infrastructure account executive at Johnson Controls.Folsom Cordova Unified School District superintendent Sarah Koligian said that collaborating with Johnson Controls means the district can implement the improvements to meet their goals without dramatically impacting their operating budget.

"Our district is focused on creating a positive learning environment for our more than 20,000 students to do their best work and having modern, updated facilities is an important part of achieving that goal," she said.


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Source: Energy Manager Today