Alcorn school district poised for energy savings

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – More than a year after getting the go-ahead to install more than $3 million in energy cost-saving systems throughout the Alcorn County School District, a Johnson Controls spokesman reported this week they’re about ready to begin monitoring the performance contract.
Johnson Controls project manager J.D. Hudson told school board members Monday the company has completed the step-by-step audit of projects identified in the contract and corrected most problem areas, with completion expected this month.
While some training of the school district’s energy management staff member has been ongoing as systems were installed, he and Assistant Superintendent Wayne Henry will receive intensive training so they’ll be able to see problems as they develop.
Also, the performance assurance staff member from Johnson Controls will be brought in to begin assessing how well the new systems are performing as promised.
Hudson said the district should soon receive the $75,000 reimbursement from Tennessee Valley Authority for the renewable energy grant to install solar panels at the county career and technology center.
In November 2010, the school board approved a $2.3 million bond sale which, added to $1.1 million of grants the school district received, financed installation of more than $3 million of lighting, heating and air conditioning and other energy-saving systems.
Johnson Controls was awarded the performance contract which guarantees that if, after the recommended energy-saving equipment is installed, the school district does not achieve the savings Johnson Controls projected, then Johnson Controls will pay the district that amount of savings out of its own funds.
Based on the school district’s annual expenditures of about $780,000 for electricity, natural gas and propane, the consultant estimated that the savings could amount to $156,000 to $195,000 per year over 10 to 15 years.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com