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5 Projects Recognized for Energy Savings
Michigan Ag Connection - 11/21/2019

Baraga County and the Ecorse, Eastpointe, Flushing, and Mason County school districts were named by the Michigan Energy Services Coalition as this year's leaders in energy efficiency for projects to upgrade heating, air conditioning, and lighting; and install a 1-megawatt solar array.

Together, the five projects represent a total investment of approximately $13.37 million and anticipated annual energy cost savings of more than $750,000.

"These five outstanding projects are worthy of recognition not only for their investments in energy efficiency that will benefit building users, but also for the big savings that will result for local taxpayers," said Robert Jackson, assistant division director of the Materials Management Division of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. "Cutting energy use, whether through large projects such as these or through individual efforts, is good for the environment and in combatting climate change."

"I am pleased to honor our ESC award winners," said Nicole Gazzeny, Michigan chapter president. "They have all shown to their communities a commitment to fiscal responsibility by leveraging operational and energy cost savings to help make needed infrastructure upgrades, while also reducing their environmental impact by shrinking their carbon footprint. The performance contracting process is a valuable option for others to consider as budgets continue to be challenged and institutional infrastructure continues to age."

EGLE partners with Michigan Energy Services Coalition to encourage energy-saving projects in public buildings. This year's winners were honored today at the 2019 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards Luncheon at Lansing Community College.

2019 Leadership in Energy Efficiency Awards winners:

- Baraga County invested $1.47 million to upgrade lighting; replace heating and air conditioning systems; and install new boilers and chillers, energy efficient windows and doors, and insulation. Estimated annual cost savings is $13,881.

- Ecorse Public Schools invested $3.2 million to upgrade to interior, exterior, and stadium lighting; refurbish air handlers; rebuild chiller; install districtwide energy management system; and weatherproofing. Estimated annual cost savings is $211,402.

- Eastpointe Community Schools invested $2.4 million on interior and exterior lighting retrofits; lighting controls; unit ventilator reconditioning; and water efficiency. Estimated annual cost savings is $191,000.

- Flushing Community Schools invested $3.2 million eliminating more than 35 percent of annual energy consumption; installing seven new solar arrays (total of 1 megawatt); 4,000 new light emitting diode lighting fixtures and LED stadium lighting; steam trap upgrades; and planning for new air conditioning. Estimated annual cost savings is $218,000.

- Mason County Central School District invested $3.1 million on LED lighting; room occupancy sensors; energy management system; boiler replacement; energy efficient motor installation; and building retrofit. Estimated annual cost savings is $117,457.

The Michigan Energy Service Coalition chapter provides information and education on performance contracting for state agencies, municipalities, universities, and K-12 school districts. Performance contracting financing encourages investments in energy conservation measures.

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