PHOENIX –Climatec Building Technologies Group (Climatec) saves Scottsdale Unified School
District (SUSD) over $1 million annually through energy saving technology.
SUSD has been saving on energy costs over the last three years due to equipment upgrades and
the increased use of solar energy. As one of the first districts in the state to implement a
comprehensive energy management plan, the district has seen an annual savings of over $1
million. This result has exceeded the guaranteed energy total by 168%. The district expects to
continue to realize these energy savings wells into the future.
“We are very pleased with the energy reductions over the past couple of years significantly
exceeding the savings guarantee,” said Dr. David Peterson, superintendent, Scottsdale Unified
For the past 100 years, SUSD has been on the leading edge of education in Arizona while
placing a high value on energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. In order to meet
energy savings goals, SUSD built a lasting relationship with Climatec through multiple phases of
energy performance contracting. With limits on general fund dollars, Climatec identified key
sites with inefficient lighting, antiquated HVAC units, and little to no control over its heating and
cooling schedules. With utility bills & electrical costs higher than ever and an ever-diminishing
O&M budget, the district was in desperate need of a solution.
“The energy efficiency retrofits that Climatec has implemented coupled with our district-wide
solar photovoltaic initiative has truly positioned SUSD as a K-12 leader in sustainability,” said
PRESS RELEASE tarting small with controls, lighting, and HVAC upgrades at one site, SUSD quickly realized
significant savings potential. Climatec has since completed two additional phases covering a
total of 12 schools. Energy conservation measures include a new, fully-integrated Alerton energy
control system, new high-efficiency HVAC systems, central plant upgrades, comprehensive
lighting retrofits with controls & occupancy sensor integration, vending machine power
management, dashboard web interface integration, and solar PPA. Climatec helped secure a
$1.2 million ARRA grant, substantial utility rebates, QSCB financing, and a 10-year municipal
lease for the balance of the project.
SUSD is now considered an energy efficiency leader in Arizona education. With over 12 million
kWh saved to date, SUSD is using 25% less electricity than before.
ABOUT SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Founded in 1896 by Major Winfield Scott, also founder of the city of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale
Unified School District is now 112 square miles with 32 schools serving over 26,000 students and
3,000 faculty members. Its boundaries include most of the City of Scottsdale, town of Paradise
Valley and a portion of Phoenix and Tempe.
Arizona’s most Excelling School District with 22 schools earning the state’s highest rating,
Excelling. Through the Arizona Department of Education, all SUSD schools are rated as
Performing, Performing Plus, Highly Performing or Excelling.
ABOUT CLIMATEC BTG
Founded in 1975, Climatec is a leading provider of advanced building technology solutions and
energy services to commercial building owners with a focus on education, health care, office,
industrial, federal, state and local government facilities. Climatec’s automation and energy
efficiency solutions enable significant energy and operational savings for their clients.
Climatec’s focus on safety and security allows clients to protect employees and assets in a
comfortable, safe and productive environment. Climatec is headquartered in Phoenix with
additional offices California, Texas, and Nevada with approximately 520 employees. Its business
is divided into six segments: Building Automation, Life Safety, Security, Energy Services (ESCO),
Support Services and Axcess Enterprise Management.