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1/11/2012 8:04:00 AM
Cottonwood-Oak Creek District going green (with video)
Solar project near completion on elementary school campus
Video Length 1 Minutes, 45 Seconds Cottonwood-Oak Creek Director of Business Services David Snyder explained that the solar project on the three campuses is being paid for by APS. The APS Solar for School Program is designed to meet the needs of rural schools with a high percentage of students on the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
The cost of the Energy Performance Project contract through Climatec Building Technologies Group will be $900,000.
The cost of the Energy Performance Project contract through Climatec Building Technologies Group will be $900,000.
Cottonwood-Oak Creek Director of Business Services David Snyder explained that the solar project on the three campuses is being paid for by APS. The APS Solar for School Program is designed to meet the needs of rural schools with a high percentage of students on the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
Cottonwood-Oak Creek Director of Business Services David Snyder explained that the solar project on the three campuses is being paid for by APS. The APS Solar for School Program is designed to meet the needs of rural schools with a high percentage of students on the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD - Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is nearing completion of phase one of a solar program paid for by APS.

The infrastructure for a parking-shade structure of solar panels is now in place at Cottonwood Elementary School. The installation of the solar panels is about to begin, and that phase will be completed in about three weeks. The installation will cover the CES parking lot providing both shade and solar-generated electricity.

The next phase will be installation of a ground mount system at Dr. Daniel Bright School, and then a roof-mount system will be installed at Oak Creek School in Cornville.

"After detailed review of the bids for Daniel Bright School we have decided on the vendor we would like to award the job to," said David Snyder director of business services for the district. "This vendor has an excellent ground mount array on the empty lot by the well. The well road will stay, with solar arrays on both sides of this road."

Snyder explained that the solar project on the three campuses is being paid for by APS. The APS Solar for School Program is designed to meet the needs of rural schools with a high percentage of students on the National Free and Reduced Lunch Program.

Under the program, APS will design, build, own and maintain a photovoltaic (PV) system on the district's property with no up-front cost to the school.

The solar project is one of two major energy efficiency programs the district is involved in. The first is an Energy Performance Project that focuses on energy efficiency.

Snyder explained that the EPP will upgrade a majority of the heating and cooling units at Oak Creek, Dr. Daniel Bright and the district office. Those are the oldest and most inefficient units in the district.

"Additional components of the Energy Performance Project include the installation of occupancy sensors in all district classrooms that will automatically control the lights as students and teachers enter and exit the rooms," Snyder explained. He said all existing thermostats will be replaced with electronic units connected to a central control.

"This gives the district the ability to monitor the thermostats from one location and adjust for weekends, holidays and breaks so that energy is not wasted when buildings are empty," Snyder said.

The cost of the Energy Performance Project contract through Climatec Building Technologies Group will be $900,000.

"The project is to be self-funding," Snyder said. He explained that the contract is for a 12-year lease. He said that if the district does not see savings at least equal to the lease, Climatec will pay the difference.

"The interest rate we're paying on this is less than one percent," Snyder said.

Snyder said that APS intends to install between 30 and 40 of the solar projects on school campuses throughout Arizona. Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District is the first of those projects by APS.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Taxpayer

Thank you to COCSD for your effort in saving taxpayer dollars by installing these solar energy and climate control systems. Sounds like this may save on utility costs. Great Job Mr. Snyder!



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