Despite the resulting budget shuffle, there may be an opportunity to make lemonade from all this bad news . . .
Higher electricity rates – though problematic for operating budgets – drive greater ROI on energy savings Performance Contract projects. Energy savings Performance Contracts (aka, GESA projects in PA) are projects that enable budget-neutral infrastructure improvements by using future energy savings to pay for those improvements.
The higher the cost of energy, the more building improvements can save.
And, this benefit works both ways – for large projects and for small ones:
For large projects, such as converting from fluorescent lighting to LED technology, there is a tremendous ROI, potentially generating paybacks in as little as 5-7 years. With quick returns on improvements like lighting retrofits, those savings help finance other necessary building upgrades.
For smaller efficiency enhancements, such as swapping out pool units or kitchen equipment, these higher electric rates can result in better ROIs, rather than having to be included under the umbrella of larger projects.
There’s no better time to investigate what a GESA project could look like for your school district. A GESA process can take 7 – 20 months, with typical timelines close to 12 months. And, summer is the perfect time to get started, because site assessments won’t disrupt learning. Please reach out for a discussion with our team.