I’m back. Our marketing folks have been a little distressed about my recent lack of blogging presence, tossing around phrases like “digital tattoo,” “personal brand,” and instructing me to “lead the energy conversation.” (They don’t seem to notice my blank stares at that kind of talk.)
I’ve been OK, friends. It’s just been a little like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for an entire summer. I really should slow down to share a few stories. There are so many to tell, but I’ve reduced them to my Top 10. We’ll cover them all over the next several days. Let’s get started today with #10.
Reason #9: The Wallenpaupack Area School District
Our biggest summer energy services effort of 2012, we completed $12 million of energy retrofit work in 12 weeks. This project is big on numbers. In the high school alone, we installed 11,000 feet of pipe within the ceiling cavity to serve 43 rooftop geothermal heat pump units. We buried earth-coupled heat pump tubing in just shy of 17 miles of geothermal vertical bore holes. Thirty-four percent guaranteed annual energy savings will free more than $14 million in positive cash flow over the term of the contract; more than enough to fund the upgrades. This was a big effort that took intense planning to ensure that the doors would open in time for the first day of school (they did!). We’ll continue our commissioning process on the new systems through seasonal variations in temperature. Here’s an article about the school energy project.
I’ll be back with #9 tomorrow. See you then!