Steamboat Springs School District RE-2 is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The district is comprised of two elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and two district support facilities. Like many school districts, Steamboat Springs RE-2 was plagued by comfort issues caused by aging facilities, old equipment, and building systems that were not configured properly. The district had been able to pass bond issues in the past, but they also recognized the need to use these funds to address their district growth needs. This meant that they had limited funds available to address the needs of their existing facilities. The district also wanted to reduce their carbon foot print and lower their energy costs. To assist them with these goals, Steamboat Springs RE-2 selected Navitas to implement an energy performance contract project, which allowed them to address their facility needs without additional capital funds.
The Technical Solution
Navitas performed a technical energy audit to assess the technical and economic feasibility of a project funded from energy savings achieved. From this analysis we worked with Steamboat Springs R-2 to develop a list of energy conservation measures that would best address their facility needs. These improvements included lighting system upgrades, lighting system controls, boiler replacements, dielectric union & valve replacement, building automation system upgrades, improvements to the building envelope, power factor correction, and engine block heater controls for school buses. As a result of these improvements Steamboat Springs R-2 was able to achieve their annual savings within the first nine months of the first year of the project. This early achievement demonstrates a potential for great success over the term of the project.
The Financial Solution
Since Steamboat Springs RE-2 was growing and would have need of new school facilities in the near future, they did not want to increase their bond debt for a facility improvement project. Navitas was able to develop an energy performance contract project that was funded solely from the energy and operational savings achieved. Over the term of the project, district expects to save over $4 million in energy savings and over $1.2 million in operational savings.