Benzie County Central Schools Goes Green
Benzie County Central Schools Goes Green with Energy Efficiency Improvements Benzie County Central Schools Wind Turbine Benzie Central High School Benzie Central Middle School Platte River Elementary
The innovative “paid from guaranteed energy savings” project has resulted in over $138,000 in energy and operational savings annually.

About

About (Betsie Valley Elementary)


An independent study at Benzie County Central Schools identified about $14 million of improvement needs. The school district selected Energy Systems Group to develop a $1.3 million comprehensive performance contract that would provide numerous energy efficiency and building improvements without the need to generate new capital, or burden taxpayers.

 

The innovative “paid from guaranteed energy savings” project has resulted in over $138,000 dollars in energy and operational savings annually.

 

Utility Rebates

As a result of this project, the Benzie County Schools District received over $70,000 in utility rebates for lighting, pipe insulation, steam trap repairs & replacements, demand control ventilation and variable frequency drives.

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy (Tree)

 

Energy Systems Group donated a wind generator to the school district to help educate math and science students about renewable energy applications; ESG is programming the turbine system to allow for live data access throughout the school district. (View Wind Turbine in Action)

 

Environmental Benefits

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 632 metric tons is equivalent to eliminating emissions from 196 vehicles annually.

 

Wind Turbine

Energy Conservation

Energy Conservation (Benzie Central HS Gym)

 

  • District-wide lighting upgrades
  • State-of the art building management systems (web based)
  • Ceiling mounted motion sensors
  • New boiler installed can be converted from steam to hot water
  • District-wide lighting occupancy sensors
  • Provided all new piping & insulation for a deteriorating heating system at Crystal Lake Elementary

 

Media

Handouts

Benzie County Central Schools Fact Sheet (pdf)