COACHELLA VALLEYÂ – Desert Sands Unified School District, Coachella Valley, has signed on to participate in an energy savings pilot program offered by Imperial Irrigation District. Through the school districtâ€™s participation in the Keep Your Cool program, the district will receive energy efficient retrofits to help improve its bottom line by extending equipment life and lowering energy bills.
In partnership with the school district, IID has identified 11 schools and an administration building that will benefit most from the program. The upgrades will take place in the kitchens and refrigerated warehouses. Energy saving measures will include strip curtains, electronically commutated motors, door gaskets and T8 lighting. The school district is estimated to receive more than $42,000 in energy efficient services and equipment, which is expected to generate an annual energy savings of 416,381 kilowatt-hours.
The school districtâ€™s commitment to the environment was exemplified when it developed the positions of operations supervisor of resource conservation, which Rosemary Mindiola and John-David Vallesillo currently hold. The positions were established to promote environmental stewardship and resource conservation.
â€œDue to budget constraints, we could not have moved forward with these much-needed upgrades at this time, without this program from the IID,â€ said Mindiola. â€œThe upgrades make great economic and environmental sense and we are very grateful the school district has been afforded this much-appreciated opportunity,â€ Vallesillo added.
With operating budgets being cut and schools being challenged to do more with less, IID understands itâ€™s a difficult time for any schools to make energy efficient upgrades to their facilities. Said Sabrina Barber, IID assistant energy manager, â€œThe district anticipates, through this program, participating schools will decrease their operating costs and be able to redirect dollars to other critical needs.â€