Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 27, 2013

Boyd board ponders energy management system

Mike James
The Independent

CANNONSBURG — The Boyd County Board of Education is considering purchase of an energy management system that potentially could save the school district thousands of dollars per month on its electricity bills.

The system works by leveling out peaks in electricity usage, and since bills are based on peak usage times, the district could expect to pay less for its power, according to a representative of the Pennsylvania company that markets the system.

The company, Green Revolution, guarantees an 8 percent savings, which would amount to about $23,000 per year for an installation at Boyd County High, Catlettsburg Elementary and the former high school building, company representative Greg Garland told the board Tuesday.

Purchase and installation of the gear would cost the district about $48,000, so based on 8 percent savings its investment would be paid off in about two years, Garland said. Actual savings have trended higher than 8 percent at other installations, he said.

The company made a second proposal to equip the other Boyd schools for $73,000 with a guaranteed savings of about $3,000.

If the board buys the system, installation would take about two weeks with no service interruption, he said.

One other Kentucky district, Montgomery County, has approved using the system in six of its schools.

The board did not say when it would take action on the proposal.

MIKEā€ˆJAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.