The Storm Lake School District is dedicated to continually improving their energy management practices. Energy assessments completed by Nexant back in April identified five energy management opportunities, one detailed study and five energy efficiency project opportunities for the district.
An Energy Efficiency Action Plan was drawn up, outlining recommendations from the assessments that the district was interested in pursuing.
The school board Tuesday approved to proceed with the plan which acts as a good faith agreement between the SLCSD and MidAmerican Energy Company.
MidAmerican will offer additional technical resources to the district as well as financial incentives.
Areas where energy will be conserved are at the high school, middle school and East School; the other buildings were not looked at for energy conservation measures as they will soon not be in use.
Programmable thermostats will be installed at an estimated cost of $1,044. MidAmerican's potential financial incentive is to pay $505 of this cost. The estimated annual cost savings is $562. Quotes will be obtained by this November with installation to begin in January and completion set for March.
Occupancy sensors will also be installed. Estimated cost is $8,462 with MidAmerican incentives to be up to $6,432. Estimated annual savings with these sensors in use is $1,949. Installation is expected to be completed by January.
It was also suggested to make some lighting changes in the gyms and throughout the high school, middle school and East. It was pointed out that the district has already been moving along in this area.
The work will be paid for out of the general fund and the incentives will be returned to the same fund.