Similar to many districts across the country, Washington County Schools (TN) is tasked with improving older facilities, managing increased utility costs, and planning for financial uncertainty. In order to address these areas, the district is partnering with Excel Energy Group, a turnkey, specialized lighting company, to ensure students have a “bright” future by investing a little over $2.3 million into a new LED lighting system. Washington County Schools will pay zero out of pocket costs and fund the project with a low interest EESI Loan (Energy Efficient School Initiative), as the savings in energy and maintenance are contractually guaranteed by Excel to cover the cost of the project. The upgrade is expected to generate 462,227 in annual savings and 10.4 million in cumulative savings over the lifespan of the LED system.
Scope of Work
Excel is focused on maximizing energy savings while optimizing district light levels in the most financially efficient manner. At Washington County, roughly 16,400 interior and exterior light fixtures will be upgraded to new LED technology. Fixture housings in great shape are generally retrofitted with LED lighting while old, unsightly fixtures are replaced. All gyms, emergency lighting, and exterior fixtures are upgraded to new LED fixtures for cosmetic and safety purposes. Occupancy sensors are installed to reduce hours of operation during unoccupied times.