Southborough Schools To Benefit From Energy Projects

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Southborough schools Facilities Director David White, left, explained the energy efficiency projects that will benefit Southborough schools. Photo Credit: Bret Matthew

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Southborough schools will soon benefit from energy efficiency projects set to be completed by Dec. 15.

"We're really working aggressively with National Grid and NStar Gas to capture efficiencies," Facilities Director David White told the Southborough School Committee on Wednesday night.

For example, White said, all exterior lighting at the town's four schools will be converted to new LED fixtures, which are expected to last for 50,000 hours—much longer than the current lights and help save thousands of dollars.

In addition, National Grid has committed to covering 90 percent of the project's $75,895 cost.

"It's a pretty exciting project," White said.

National Grid also will cover most of the cost of installing LED lights in the Trottier auditorium. And at Trottier, Woodward Elementary and Finn Elementary, National Grid will pay most of the cost of installing Demand Control Ventilation sensors that will slow down air handlers based on how many people are in a room. White said this will better control air quality and temperature.

"All told, its just under $200,000 worth of projects," White said. "It will cost us about $16,000."

White said this was possible because the four Southborough schools are classified as small users, and are eligible for this kind of assistance.

"The numbers are just unbelievable," School Committee member Paul Desmond said.

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