School Committee Backs Energy Services Contract

School Committeewoman Susan Danehy.

A plan to save energy costs for the Haverhill public schools was unanimously approved Thursday by the Haverhill School Committee.

Committee members backed a maximum 15 year, $2.5 million energy services contract with Ameresco Inc., Framingham, for “procurement for the development and implementation of 11 energy conservation measures in 10 educational facilities.” The contract, calling for a 12-month implementation plan, is expected to save $270,259 annually and provide a positive cash flow of $38,664 for the school department, according to Energy Manager and Purchasing Agent Orlando Pacheco.

The positive cash flow would be invested in roof upgrades at the Consentino Middle School and Haverhill High School swimming pool. Members also passed an amendment to the memorandum of understanding offered by committee President Scott W. Wood Jr. It says, “the savings generated from the implementation of the energy services contract above and beyond the debt services will be budgeted as determined by the Haverhill school committee.”

Members Susan Danehy and Paul A. Magliocchetti voted against the amendment. Wood said.

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