Engineers: Energy Upgrades At Facilities Saving Ohio County Schools

Jonathan Gasser, left, and Nick Filamini, engineers with CMTA Energy Solutions, brief Ohio County Board of Education members during their meeting Monday night on the status of energy savings projects in the district.

Energy upgrades within facilities in Ohio County Schools are already saving the district money, according to the contractor overseeing the work.

Jonathan Gasser and Nick Filamini, engineers with CMTA Energy Solutions, updated board of education members Monday night on the status of their projects and most recent energy costs at the school facilities.

They showed board members electric bill information for both Woodsdale and West Liberty elementary schools, where energy savings lighting has been installed.

Past bills showed each school having electric costs of about $150 per day. Most recent bills, though, came in at about $100 a day for each school — reducing costs by about a third.

CMTA had projected energy savings of about $7 million over the next 30 would contribute to the cost of about $76 million in property upgrades in Ohio County Schools — an amount at about $233,333 per year. CMTA is now projecting $260,000 in guaranteed energy savings each year for Ohio County Schools.

Gasser and Filamini presented data indicating that since their work began last spring, CMTA has installed 100,000 square feet of new ceiling within Ohio County Schools, and added 36,000 square feet of air conditioning.

There have been 250 pieces of heating and air conditioning equipment put in place.

More than 10,000 light figures have been converted to LED lighting, with nine of the 13 buildings within Ohio County Schools complete. They said 700 new low-flow plumbing fixtures have been installed, as well as fifteen miles of piping.

Work to make the schools more energy efficient is continuing. They said 80 geothermal wells have been installed in the district so far, with the work complete at Elm Grove and Middle Creek elementary schools.

Air conditioning will be tested in those schools today, according to Filamini.

He promised the schools will be cool when students return to school Aug. 15.

“Anytime you do summer construction and tear a building apart, there is a level of uncertainty,” Gasser said. “But we have no uncertainty. Things are going to get done on time, and we are on time.

“We’re only as good as our last project. We won’t get anymore projects if this one isn’t successful,” he said.

The board next convenes for a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 to consider personnel hirings, and a work session will follow the meeting.

The next regular board meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Aug. 12.

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