Battle Ground schools tap Ameresco for $3.9M efficiency upgrade

Ameresco will help Battle Ground schools become more efficient with $3.9 million contract.

Ameresco will help Battle Ground schools become more efficient with $3.9 million contract. 

The Battle Ground School District will work with Ameresco Inc. on a $3.9 million energy savings performance contract that will be partially paid for by a $1 million grant and some $322,000 in rebates from the Clark County Public Utility District.

The work follows upgrades performed in 2010 and 2011 by Ameresco on lighting and plumbing upgrades.

This contract will have Ameresco's Ameresco Quantum division managing the design and installation of new mechanical and energy management systems.

The work is expected to reduce utility costs for the school district and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 2 million pounds per year.

"This project at the Battle Ground School District is a perfect example of how energy infrastructure improvements can yield positive financial impacts even in the current fiscal environment, while at the same time contributing to more sustainable communities," said Mike O'Connor, vice president, Northwest region for Ameresco, in a news release.

Washington's Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction provided the grant through its Energy Grants Program.

Last year, Ameresco signed a $5.4 million energy efficiency contract with Reed College in Portland.

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