During the construction year, Berkeley County realized a savings of more than $1,300,000 and received $300,250 in rebates. The guaranteed savings level in future years is $1.7 million for the school district which will fully fund the project. Savings to date have exceeded the guarantee substantially. In the first 18 months of the project alone, the project has returned over $1,000,000 ABOVE the guaranteed energy savings levels. Berkeley County retains 100% of the EXCESS savings, none of which is shared by CMTA.
Thanks to the massive improvements we were able to implement, energy in the geothermal renovation schools has been cut by 78% and overall district energy is on track to be cut by 40%. Our geothermal renovations are in the low 20 EUI range – extremely low for a renovation – putting the Berkeley County School District among the lowest in the nation for renovated schools. In fact the first three renovations scored a perfect 100 in the ENERGY STAR program, meaning these schools are in the 100th percentile for energy efficiency. These three schools are the first in the state of West Virginia to score in the 100th percentile, making them the most energy efficient buildings on record in the state.
Additionally, we were able to significantly improve the school learning environment. Background sound levels, indoor air quality (carbon dioxide levels) and light levels were all documented before and after the project and were shown to substantially improve. Ultimately this affects the teachers and students in the county and greatly enhances the core mission of Berkeley County schools, provided a substantially improved learning environment.
All in all, the Berkeley County School District was made more efficient, more cost effective and more environmentally friendly.