Mayor James J. Fiorentini and Ed Lepore of Ameresco in front of new exterior LED lighting at Haverhill High School. (Courtesy photograph.)
Eleven public schools will receive $2.5 million of energy efficiency upgrades as a result of an agreement signed this week between Mayor James J. Fiorentini and Framingham-based Ameresco.
The Energy Savings Performance Contract provides upgrades, expected to deliver energy efficiency and cost savings, enhance comfort for building occupants and reduce greenhouse gases and emissions, a statement said. The mayor said the contract will pay for itself.
“Our contract with Ameresco made it possible for us to replace our aging infrastructure, upgrade school buildings and make significant improvements—all without burdening taxpayers with additional capital costs,” Fiorentini said, adding, “The project includes efficiency measures that are expected to deliver more than $200,000 in annual energy savings.”
Some of the energy conservation measures are upgrades to lighting system technology, lighting control upgrades, energy management system upgrades and steam trap replacements. Schools benefitting from the upgrades are Bradford Elementary, Consentino, Golden Hill, Moody, Nettle, Pentucket Lake, Silver Hill, Tilton, Walnut Square, Whittier Middle and Haverhill High.
Michael Daigneault, Ameresco vice president, said, “The project is designed to extract energy efficiencies and to self-fund through future energy savings over the 20-year period. In addition, the City of Haverhill is expected to reduce its energy costs by nearly eight percent.”