By Cameron Chai
Chevron Energy Solutions, a developer of sustainable energy projects, has completed an energy efficiency project at Rootstown Local School District. The project will minimize the utility costs of the district, which can save over $1 million in its entire life span.
The energy conservation project includes substitution of the gymnasium bleachers; renovation of a building automation system at all facilities; replacement of a boiler at Rootstown Middle School and enhancements of a district-wide lighting system.
The project is anticipated to minimize the power consumption of the Rootstown Local School District by 23%. Other benefits offered by the project include a reliable indoor climate quality, decreased maintenance costs, enhanced lighting quality and aesthetics and better learning environment. These energy efficiency improvements will lead to both energy and cost savings.
Under an Ohio HB-264 program, Chevron Energy Solutions has made the necessary upgrades and improvements in the Rootstown Local School District. The energy efficiency improvements enable the district to minimize its purchase of natural gas and electricity. In addition, they decrease the carbon emissions by over 319 t, which is equivalent to planting over 69 ac of trees.
Andrew Hawkins, superintendent of the Rootstown Local School District, quoted that the energy efficiency project will result in a safer and highly productive learning environment to the people of Rootstown without any additional cost.