GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- There is a project underway in the Marshall County School system that will save millions of dollars, and those savings will go right back into the county schools.
Marshall County Schools is partnering up with a company for an energy savings project that is just now getting underway. "As superintendent there are three things that I am primarily responsible for, and that is: keeping children safe, providing appropriate education, and spending money wisely, and so this project helps with all three," Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley says.
The system partnered with a company called Schneider Electric to implement changes in each school to make the system as a whole more energy-efficient.
Multiple changes -- including new heating and air systems, new LED lighting and more efficient plumbing systems -- are part of the project. The project should save the system $15 million over the next 20 years. The system is going to put $10 million of that back into the schools for upgrades. "It takes 28 percent of our energy costs and redirects it back into providing upgrades for our schools, and addressing deferred maintenance needs that we don't have the money to address otherwise, so we can do this without jeopardizing our financial well-being," Wigley explains.
When the project is done, the schools will benefit from the energy-efficient changes in addition to multiple roof replacements at several schools and new air units at three gymnasiums.
The upgrades are expected to be complete in a year.
As a result of these energy-efficient upgrades, the school system will get close to $300,000 in TVA rebates.