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Battle Ground schools Granted Funds To Upgrade Energy Efficiency

The Battle Ground School District in Clark County, WA will add $3.9 million in energy efficiency upgrades in an effort to reduce operating costs and lower carbon emissions. The district has partnered with Ameresco Quantum in an energy savings performance contract to complete the work.

The contract will be paid in part by a $1 million Energy Savings Grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and an estimated $322,000 in rebates from the Clark County Public Utility District.

"This grant will result in dramatic savings in our utility bills, guard against system failures, and enable us to address long-standing issues of failed and aging equipment," said Mary Beth Lynn, assistant superintendent for finance and school operations of Battle Ground School District, in an Ameresco release.

Facilities to receive upgrades under the new contract include:

Upgrades to these facilities will include design and installation of new mechanical systems, along with upgrades and replacements to the District's energy management systems and other equipment.

Along with its energy costs, the district's greenhouse gas emissions are expected to decline via these upgrades, which are projected to reduce carbon emissions by nearly 2 million pounds per year.

Battle Ground schools serve more than 13,000 students from East Vancouver to the Clark-Skamania County line in Southwest Washington. The district celebrated its centennial in 2009-10.

Headquartered in Framingham, MA, Ameresco is a provider of energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability, and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America.

For more information about Battle Ground Public Schools, visit battlegroundps.org. Learn more about Ameresco Quantum at quantum.ameresco.com.

About the Author

Kevin Hudson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached at sportswryter@yahoo.com.

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