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San Benito High School Solar Project Comes to a Close

San Benito, CA ​– To celebrate San Benito High School District’s (SBHSD) energy infrastructure update coming to a close, SBHSD invites our school community to flip the switch on San Benito High School’s (SBHS) brand new solar PV system from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 4. The ceremony will take place at the SBHS Baler Alley parking lot, located at 1220 Monterey St. in Hollister, CA.

The solar arrays, approved for grid connection on Friday, Sept. 13, were the last piece of the districtwide energy infrastructure project. They are projected to generate 1,096,578 kWh throughout their lifespan. Combined with other recent facility upgrades, SBHSD will save approximately $13.3 million–the environmental savings equivalent of 220 cars off the road, 157 Hollister homes powered and 31,348 trees preserved.

“We are proud to implement energy-efficient and renewable technologies so our students can enjoy day-to-day learning,” said SBHSD Superintendent Shawn Tennenbaum. “These solutions will maximize long-term benefits to our District, ensuring optimal learning and working environments for our students and staff to continue to succeed.”

SBHSD engaged Climatec, a provider of building technologies and energy solutions with six offices in California, for $6.3 million worth of energy infrastructure updates, spanning the installation of the solar PV system, LED light modernizations; heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) units and building automation systems throughout campus. With the help of Climatec, SBHSD identified and leveraged Proposition 39 grants and Clean Renewable Energy Bonds for funding.

“The work we’ve accomplished through our partnership with Climatec has already had a huge impact on our school,” said SBHS Principal Adrian Ramirez. “We couldn’t have predicted the feeling our administration is experiencing now that the project is done. We’re proud to offer our students and staff modernized technology that reaps environmental and financial savings.”
SBHSD’s Board of Trustees approved the project in June of 2017.

“San Benito High School administration decided on upgrades that would improve the student learning environment and the school’s financial reserves,” said Robert Reading, SBHSD project manager at Climatec. “As partners, they contributed to the visioning that has resulted in an enhanced campus that will continue to add value over time. At Climatec, we’re always moved by our clients’ interest in innovating for a healthier world–San Benito High School is no exception.”


About San Benito High School

Based in Hollister, CA, San Benito High School serves as the main high school for Hollister City residents, as well as many residents of Hollister county. It serves approximately 3,000 students between 9th and 12th grades with 250 faculty and staff members. The school was founded in 1875.​ ​Visit the SBHS website​ to learn more.

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Executive Interview with Climatec Director, Ashley Cascio

Ashley Cascio has worked for more than 8 years with Climatec, a leading provider of turnkey implementation and funding solutions for public agencies looking to make buildings smarter, safer, and more efficient. We spoke with Ashley about her role as director of energy services as well as trends across the state related to energy and infrastructure.

Please give a brief overview of your experience and your role at Climatec.

I feel very fortunate to have been apart of Climatec since 2011 and can’t imagine working with anyone other than my colleagues in our Energy Services group. We work so well together and it shows in the work we produce for our clients–I love it. Our team impresses me everyday with its ability to simply make things happen in a way that truly awes and builds lifelong partnerships.

As director of energy services, I’m responsible for leading business development and day-to-day operations in the California public sector market. The projects I help oversee are large-scale, design-to-build programs that modernize aging infrastructure with more efficient, smart solutions and funding vehicles to make it all possible.

What are the current trends that you’re seeing in energy efficiency across local government agencies?

We’ve seen some common trends across the needs of public agencies in California. Two in particular stand out.

First, California cities are facing increasingly-complex budget pressures related to flat or declining revenue and growing operating expenditures. The budget has always been a top of mind issue, of course, but today’s market is different in the sense that many cities are facing severe structural deficits. I think a lot of this can be attributed to the housing crisis in California.We see many families and businesses packing up shop and finding more affordable states that offer relief for taxes and home prices. Other families are staying but cramming two, three, four families under one roof. All of this has an impact on public infrastructure and results in less revenue for the cities we serve. In light of this budget stress, the type of work we do at Climatech as a more relevant seat at the table. Our programs are all about reducing budget pressure and finding ways to operate a city smarter and more efficiently.

Second, California cities are thinking about how to be more resilient in the face of wildfires and power safety power shut offs (PSPS). California utilities are posing astronomical rate increases, including SCE who aims to increase rates by 21% in the next three years. The reason? Wildfire preparedness costs, insurance premium increases, and other capital improvements required to make the grid more resilient and safe. All of this has a major impact on a City’s ability to operate, so we see a major trend of cities that are now investing in backup power solutions such as microgrid systems.

What can local governments do better to ensure their facilities are energy efficient?

Local governments want to do better to ensure facilities are energy efficient, but city leaders often have no choice but to cut funding for facilities and deferred maintenance projects.Educating local government officials about the number of alternative funding solutions available to them to help solve this dilemma is such an important element of the work we do at Climatec. I’m passionate about developing these creative funding solutions and removing the barriers that are inherent to complex budget challenges in order to help a City break the mold of the status quo/do nothing/kick-the-can-for-the-next-administration syndrome.

What do you predict we’ll see in the next five to 10 years in terms of local government energy efficiency projects?

Energy efficiency projects will have to incorporate ways to support smart city services, such as public Wi-Fi and advanced transportation, through technologically-relevant controls, automation,and metering solutions. The technology from energy service providers will continue to be smarter and more connected than ever before as municipalities look for new ways to define what being a “smart city” means to their community.

What is challenging about your role?

One of the most challenging aspects of my role is the sheer amount of staff turnover that public agencies experience. Frequent staff turnover debilitates an organization’s ability to make decisions, especially those of a complex nature like a large-scale infrastructure modernization.

Describe your ideal day at Climatec.

In my ideal day, I get to work with all cross-functional leaders across Climatec in concert withcross-functional leaders across our customers’ organizations. Whether we are getting together to kick off a new project or initiative, solve an unexpected construction dilemma or prepare for a council meeting, working together feels intrinsically rewarding to me.

Are there any creative projects that Climatec has recently launched? If so, what are they?

Last year, we launched a new funding program to provide in-house financing solutions and integrated service agreements. The program helps cities with strained public works resources fund various facility improvements over time and without the issuance of debt service. It also incorporates a service component to help maintain and operate the new equipment. That, along with our C3 community outreach offering, is an initiative that our team is particularly excited about nowadays.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role as the Director of Energy Services?

The energy service industry has had peaks and valleys in California over the years. As one of the few women in a leadership role in this profession, I strive to bring a fresh, customer-centric go-to-market strategy that constantly adapts to the changing needs of today’s leaders in city governance.

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Executive Interview with Climatec’s Northern California Regional Manager, Tyler Girtman

How did you get involved with Climatec?

I learned about Climatec when I was in college at Arizona State University studying to become a mechanical engineer and working part-time as a server at a high-end restaurant in town. One night, I served Climatec’s now-retired CEO, Terry Keenen, and his family. By the end of our conversation that night, he invited me to interview with Climatec’s team of directors. At my interview, he ripped up my resume (which did not have much on it anyways due to being in college!) and we spoke for hours discovering extensive overlaps in our professional philosophies and personal values. He then ended up hiring me as the firm’s first intern. We had 75 employees at the time. Now we’re at more than 900!

When I was brought on full-time, I started within the Building Technologies Division, where I learned how buildings can be smarter and perform better. I was then asked to help expand ourEnergy Services Division about 10 years ago in Arizona and California. In the last 15 years I’ve been with Climatec, I’ve developed a deep understanding of the intricacies of our work as a team through design, project management, and business development.

What do you do in your current role as a regional manager?

My team and I help local government agencies and K-12 school districts address and fund deeper retrofits, smart city technologies and infrastructure modernization projects that adhere to the client’s vision and outlook.

In other words, we approach projects by digging into the heart of the client’s needs and challenges to identify the right solutions for their community. We determine the most pressing challenges the public entity faces, such as the need to improve infrastructure, prepare for power shutoffs (resilience), reduce utility dependence, adhere to sustainability goals or improve general fund budgets. We then identify alternative funding solutions and deliver comprehensive programs that address clients’ unique infrastructural needs and political influences.

Tell us about a comprehensive program you worked on recently.

We recently completed the second phase of the City of San Leandro’s comprehensive infrastructure and smart city program, which will provide more budget relief, improve livability within the community and further reduce the City’s carbon footprint. This program modernized San Leandro’s highest priority infrastructure needs, implemented smart city technology throughout the city and provided nearly 1 mega-watt (MW) of renewable power.

The City was able to invest $9.1 million in infrastructure and sustainability solutions by working with us to obtain multiple funding sources, including nearly $2 million from a California EnergyCommission grant. It’s been an exciting process because, from staff to City Council, San

Leandro shares a consistent, future-forward vision that has further propelled their community through creative programs, like the smart city technology they deployed with Climatec.

Because of their united vision and our partnership, San Leandro is globally recognized as one of the smartest cities in the world as a recipient of a Smart 50 Award. The City is at the forefront of collaborative conversations with cities throughout the country looking to replicate their success. Ilook forward to helping them solve their next set of challenges!

Are there any current trends that you’re seeing in energy infrastructure in local government agencies?

We’re tracking on agencies’ desires to create net-zero energy (NZE) buildings and provide power resilience. In these cases, many low hanging fruit improvements for efficiency, like LED lighting, have already been completed. Now we are addressing deeper retrofits, such as window modernization, complex heating/cooling systems, battery storage, microgrid technology,renewables and smart technology integration. These NZE buildings are a win-win: they’re green and fiscally prudent. Especially as utility rates increase year after year, efficient NZE buildings will be even more important for public clients working with tight budgets.

Additionally, with Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) increasing in frequency, cities and districts are focusing on resilience. In order to keep students in school and services up and running for residents, we’re seeing increased demand for electrical microgrids, back-up battery storage and resilient water infrastructure systems.

What industry insights have you taken away from your job over the past 15 years?

First and foremost, I’ve learned that it is important to approach infrastructure and sustainability programs comprehensively instead of applying a band aid or siloed solution.

The most successful initiatives I’ve worked on have involved thoughtful planning that improves the entire city or district as a whole: financially, technically and politically. Our comprehensive programs help cities and districts resolve immediate and long term challenges. They become proactive, rather than reactive, ultimately saving significant resources and heartache in an emergency.

I’ve also noticed that many public entities aren’t aware of the range of funding options available to them to make smart infrastructure improvements. Based on my experience, this is typically due to agency resources being stretched very thin, making staff unable to focus on finding the money. In California, there’s a great deal of funding available if you know where to look or have a partner like Climatec to discover alternative funding opportunities.

What do you find most challenging about your role?

The unique and ever-changing energy regulations–unfunded mandates, in particular–our clients face make my work both challenging and rewarding. This regulatory environment pushes me to stay on top of what’s going on in Sacramento and make sure our clients understand rules and regulations. Especially as PSPS becomes more common and utility rates increase, clients face even more complexity when creating budgets and pursuing smart infrastructure improvements.

Our clients’ challenges are our challenges, so it is my priority to help our customers navigate these intricate budget and planning dilemmas.

What is one of your favorite parts about your job?

My favorite part of my job is piecing together turnkey infrastructure programs like puzzles.These programs often start without a clear form, much like the beginning of a jigsaw puzzle with pieces jumbled and laid out. Our team identifies and sorts out the various pieces: the district or city’s priorities, available funding sources, budget constraints and the newest technological innovations, to name a few. We then collaborate with agency staff throughout the process to ensure that we are building the right solution: politically, technically, and financially.

It’s very rewarding to watch all the pieces come together to form a cohesive program as we coordinate with our public agency partners and their communities. After the program iscompleted, I find it incredibly satisfying to watch our clients reap the benefits of better fiscal health and improved community services while having a positive impact on the localenvironment.

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Richland School District Kicks Off Solar Energy Project

SHAFTER, CA - Richland School District (RSD) celebrated its new solar arrays with a ‘Flip theSwitch’ ceremony at Golden Oak Elementary School on Monday, March 9. The installation of these solar arrays, provided by building technologies and energy solutions provider, Climatec,marks the next step in RSD’s energy infrastructure update. RSD projects savings of approximately $7.5 million over and 719.1 kW over the solar technology’s 15-year lifespan.

The District’s Board approved the addition of 1,530 solar array panels across three campuses as a part of a larger energy conservation project. Purchased via a Power Purchase Agreement through Climatec (backed by BOSCH Corporation), the arrays went online in mid-December and are expected to produce 1,163,462 kWh in their first year of production.

“Flipping our new solar system on with the folks that contributed to its becoming has been perfect for celebrating this chapter of greater financial sustainability and energy efficiency,” said RSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Martin Rodriguez. “These are improvements that are bringing our facilities up to speed and adding to the Richland School District experience.”

RSD also upgraded energy efficient infrastructure through the addition of new HVAC units(including at the junior high cafeteria–a highly requested addition by the community), interior and exterior LED lighting, building automation systems and a new roof at the activity center. The rest of the upgrades are expected to wrap in Summer 2020.

About Richland School District

Based in Shafter, CA, Richland School District serves 3,031 students through three elementary and one junior high school. Richland’s schools’ believe in the premise that all children can learn and that student success is based upon the collaborative efforts of all segments of the school community including administration, teachers, support staff and the community at large. Everyday RSD works to foster the mental, physical, social, and emotional growth of all students by promoting excellence through meaningful, standards-based instruction and providing a nurturing school environment that support the development of positive self-image and social consciousness that will lead toward productive, responsible citizenship. Visit the RSD website to learn more.

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Lindsay Unified School District Authorizes Second Wave of Energy Infrastructure Modernizations

LINDSAY, CA - On Oct. 14, 2019, Lindsay Unified School District’s (LUSD) Board of Trustees authorized a second wave of energy infrastructure and sustainability modernizations.

“We’re embodying our mission to ‘empower and motivate for today and tomorrow’ by initiating Phase II of this energy infrastructure investment,” said LUSD Superintendent Thomas Rooney.“It was a natural choice for our board after reflecting on the benefits of the first phase of energy improvements. We’re thrilled to add more ‘green’ features to our schools so, as a district, wecan continue becoming more resilient and fiscally healthy.”

The initiative is a follow-up to the District’s 2017 energy audit and consequent LED lighting and networked temperature controls, which have enhanced LUSD student comfort and reaped general fund savings over the last year. The audit, conducted by Climatec, a provider of building technologies and energy solutions, identified additional infrastructure needs and sustainability opportunities that the District plans to address during the second phase of the districtwide energy infrastructure program.

Phase II includes:

  • Installing interior LED lighting across 12 sites
  • Extending the existing energy management system to two more campuses
  • Installing high-efficiency heating and cooling units at three sites
  • Implementing solar photovoltaic arrays at three sites

LUSD authorized the investment of approximately $3.3 million for the project which will garner more than $8 million in savings over the life of the new equipment. The District was able to secure 100 percent of project funds through a combination of Southern California Edison’s no- interest On-Bill Financing program and low-interest, tax-exempt private funding. This innovative financing solution funded the project without any need for capital or bond funds.

“We’re empowering our learners, staff and leadership by pursuing more for our district, and by extension, our community,” said Grant Schimelpfening, LUSD chief business official. “We’re grateful to our partners, like Climatec and SCE, for making this project possible. Through our partnerships, and with our community’s support, we’re getting to add improvements at little cost but great benefit to the District.”

Together, Phases I and II will reduce LUSD’s annual electric consumption by about 1,439,776 kWh. This is equivalent to taking 207 cars off the road, saving 112,423 gallons of gasoline, preserving 29,616 trees from deforestation and powering 148 American homes. Adding to the environmental savings, pollutants, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric dioxide will decrease considerably.

“The upgrades completed to date and projected for the future are a testament to Lindsay USD’s adaptability and innovativeness,” said Tyler Girtman, LUSD regional manager at Climatec. “There are multiple benefits that come with energy infrastructure improvements, like positioning students to succeed, reaping significant financial and energy savings, efficiently using vital resources, the list goes on. At Climatec, we’re proud to help make these benefits a reality for cities and school districts, like LUSD, who want to make California more ‘green.’”
For the next few months, LUSD will post updates to its social media, sharing Phase II’s developments with its students, staff and the community-at-large.

About Lindsay Unified School District

Lindsay Unified School District serves the Lindsay community across its 10 schools. The learning facilitators, leaders, and support staff in Lindsay Unified are proven professionals with an impressive record of dedicated service to the learners they serve. In Lindsay Unified, all learners are educated by people that are highly skilled, caring, compassionate, and persistent in maintaining high levels of academic rigor. The team consists of innovative, dedicated, committed people who are focused on learning and really believe in our learners. Follow LUSD on Facebook at facebook.com/Lindsay-Unified-School-District-269725410208557; Twitter @Lindsay_USD; Instagram @lindsayunified and YouTube (The Lindsay Unified Story).

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Ramona Unified Kicks Off Solar Energy Project

RAMONA, CA - Ramona Unified School District (RUSD) celebrated its soon-to-come solar arrays with a groundbreaking ceremony at Ramona High School on the afternoon of Nov. 12. The installation of these solar panels, provided by Climatec, marks the last leg of the district’s comprehensive energy conservation program, a project that is projected to save $34 million over the next 30 years.

“The groundbreaking was the perfect way to celebrate the progress we’ve made and welcome the work to come,” said RUSD Superintendent Theresa Grace. “We are thrilled to power our schools with clean energy that’s saving money for us to invest right back into our students and teachers. Ramona Unified is looking at a brighter future than ever before.”

RUSD Board Vice President/Clerk Bob Stoody, Superintendent Grace, Ramona High Principal Tony Newman, RUSD Board Member Kim Lasley, RUSD Board President Dawn Perfect and RUSD Board Member Rodger Dohm (pictured from left to right) broke ground on the site.


About Ramona Unified School District

Ramona Unified School District is a rural district located approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego. Serving a student population of approximately 5,400 students, Ramona Unified continues its pursuit of excellence while "Preparing Today's Learners for Tomorrow's World!"

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Bell Kicks Off Multi-Facility Energy Infrastructure Update

BELL, CA - In the coming months, the City of Bell will undergo an energy infrastructure transformation that is both turnkey and projected to realize approximately $2.9 million in budget savings for the City.

A joint venture between the City and Climatec, a provider of building technologies and energy solutions with six offices in California, the energy conservation initiative calls for the turnover of antiquated infrastructure for reduced operational costs and enhanced safety and comfort at city-owned facilities. The scope of work includes the installation of a new smart building automation system, high-efficiency heating and cooling units, solar arrays and LED lighting as well as multiple water conservation measures across nine facilities and five parks.

“This viable, turnkey energy solution is going to benefit our taxpayers, environment and the community at large–The City of Bell is excited for all that’s to come,” said Ali Saleh, mayor of theCity of Bell. “Through this project, our City Council elected to improve the quality of life for our constituents and innovate with technologies that achieve high performance, energy savings and regional job creation. I’m thankful to my fellow council members, city staff and Climatec for collaborating to guide Bell ahead.”

The City of Bell formally adopted the project on April 24, 2019, after Climatec conducted a city wide assessment to identify opportunities for improving aging water and energy infrastructure and locations for solar arrays. The assessment outlined dated interior and exterior lighting, heating and cooling equipment, temperature controls, irrigation system controllers and roofing systems that needlessly drained City funds. Additionally, Climatec discovered grants and low-interest private sector capital as alternative resources for fully funding the project and providing General Fund relief.

“The City of Bell is thrilled to offer our residents improved lighting quality and comfort at our parks and buildings; at the City, we’re also excited for state-of-the-art infrastructure and renewable energy sources,” said Javier Ochiqui, contracts and facilities manager for the City.“The non-traditional funding that Climatec discovered for us has made our goals to maximize energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions achievable. Our community has a lot to look forward to.”

Construction began on Aug. 19 with work being done during off hours so as not to disrupt City and resident business. The project is expected to reach completion in December of 2019.

About the City of Bell

The City of Bell is a warm and friendly town composed of young families, small businesses, and an industrial district located on the east bank of the Los Angeles River in southeast Los Angeles County. Bell is known as the key to industry, given it is located in the heart of the central LosAngeles industrial market. Visit cityofbell.org for more information.

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Rowland Unified School District Upgrades Schools Over Summer

Rowland Heights, CA - Students of Rowland Unified School District (RUSD) are returning to upgraded school campuses following a districtwide energy infrastructure update that took place over summer break.

The infrastructure modernization and efficiency initiative is a collaboration among RUSD administration, RUSD’s Board of Education and Climatec to improve district facilities and reduce energy consumption. Through four thoughtfully-sequenced phases, Climatec has worked hand-in-hand with the District over the last three years to implement districtwide LED lighting, modernized heating and cooling equipment throughout the majority of schools and air conditioning in multipurpose (MPR) and gym facilities.

“When our Board of Education learned how much we could save, support the environment, and most importantly, impact our students’ comfort and learning, it unanimously voted to pursue this opportunity,” said RUSD Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Alex Flores. “We also found great success with our partner, Climatec, who helped our staff develop a holistic approach that’s unique to the needs of both our campuses and students. Our plan has been to improve RUSD schools from all angles.”

To date, Climatec has completed Phases 1 and 2, which focused on implementing LED lighting and replacing antiquated heating and cooling systems. Phase 3, which is underway and projected for completion in early 2020, calls for the installation of air conditioning in MPR and gym facilities that exclusively have heating equipment. The District pursued the installations to combat the escalating number of hot days in the San Gabriel Valley over time. Once Phase 3 is complete, students can expect greater comfort during events and sports games held in theirMPRs and gyms.

The project’s three phases represent an $11.6-million investment by RUSD to improve the quality of its schools, signaling a commitment to environmental stewardship. Combined, the energy infrastructure improvements will generate more than $14 million in energy savings and help the District counteract rising utility costs on the General Fund in the coming years.

But to Flores, RUSD is gaining more than financial savings: “This program is a fiscally-prudent, energy-efficient solution that supports student learning and environmental health,” he continued.“We’re especially eager for the new rooftop and wall-mounted HVAC units that are going to make RUSD’s gyms and MPRs much more comfortable for students to enjoy–and that’s without significant energy expenditure. As a District, we’re proud to reduce our carbon footprint and raise awareness about that cause with our student body.”

Environmental savings are equivalent to 2,218,375 kilowatt hours saved, 311 cars off the road,68,906 gasoline gallons saved, 44,368 trees preserved and 222 American homes powered.

“Rowland Unified School District is one of many California K-12 organizations leading the way in innovation,” said Climatec Public Sector Director Ashley Cascio. “The project is bolstering these schools from the outside, in. It is the initiative of school leaders, like those of Rowland Unified, that is molding young people’s minds with an awareness of the environment’s health and solutions to improve it.”

About Rowland Unified School District

The award-winning Rowland Unified School District is nestled in the San Gabriel Valley. Its passionate educators embrace new technology and work collaboratively to provide innovative learning for all students, staff, and parents. RUSD’s programs are innovative in the use of technology, focus on college and career readiness, and prepare students to be creative problem solvers. Additionally, it offers a medley of Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), GATE, AVID,International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools, Career Pathways, Dual Language Immersion schools, Music, Art and Athletic enrichment opportunities for students to enjoy. For more information visit www.rowlandschools.org.

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Ramona Students Start School on a Bright Note

Ramona, CA - Ramona Unified School District (RUSD) students are starting the new school year on a bright note thanks to LED lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)upgrades throughout their schools.

The lights and HVAC units are just two facets of the District’s comprehensive infrastructure modernization program being implemented by Climatec, a provider of building technologies and energy solutions for the public sector. The energy conservation initiative also calls for Climatec to install solar PV systems at 10 sites; revitalize windows at Ramona Elementary School; and repave the parking lot at Ramona High School. So far, 95 percent LED light and approximately50 percent of the HVAC unit installations are complete.

“The lights and smattering of HVAC units alone are huge upgrades for Ramona Unified,” saidRUSD Superintendent Theresa Grace. “They’re keeping our classrooms bright, cool and comfortable for our students and teachers during these last blistering months of summer.”

The LED lights pose a stark contrast to RUSD’s former fixtures, some of which took minutes to fully power on; conducted significant heat; and cast dim, sepia-toned light. Moreover, theDistrict’s dated heating and cooling units exceeded their lifetime by 15 to 20 years, creating significant energy expenditures and spikes to related costs.

For Grace, the LED lights and HVAC units are a taste of the benefits of the impending infrastructure enhancements that will improve the District’s schools from the outside, in: “TheBoard and I view this investment in our facilities as an investment in our students,” she continued. “We wanted to create a comfortable environment that encourages and supports our students’ learning and engagement with their teachers and peers. Because Climatec works with schools and other public agencies, the team understood our vision and knew how we could achieve it at a reasonable cost. I am thrilled with our partnership with Climatec and the enhancements they’ve made thus far, and look forward to what’s in store.”

In addition to installing the LED lights and HVAC units over the last few months, Climatec has been pursuing approval of its solar and window systems from the Division of the State Architect(DSA), a state requirement of California public K-12 schools and other state-owned and leased facilities for ensuring health and safety code and DSA standards are upheld.

The full energy conservation program, unanimously approved by the District’s Board ofEducation on May 14, will save RUSD over $34 million in savings over the next 30 years. The savings nearly triple the expenditure of approximately $12.4 million, which the District funded, in part, with municipal lease and routine restricted maintenance account contributions. The environmental savings are equivalent to 3,073,239 kilowatt hours saved, 430 cars off the road,233,536 gasoline gallons saved, 61,465 trees preserved and 307 American homes powered.

“We’ve already begun to hear positive feedback from Ramona Unified School District, which has made our team at Climatec all the more excited about offering these upgrades to students and staff,” said Leo Salas, Climatec Project Manager for RUSD. “We’re grateful to District trustees and Ramona Unified’s community for giving Climatec the opportunity to spread modern technologies that are helping children learn, grow and thrive.”

The remaining updates will be implemented over the next 9 to 15 months with Climatec’s work being done in the evenings and on weekends so as not to disrupt school.

About Ramona Unified School District

Ramona Unified School District is a rural district located approximately 30 miles northeast ofSan Diego. Serving a student population of approximately 5,400 students, Ramona Unified continues its pursuit of excellence while "Preparing Today's Learners for Tomorrow's World!"

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City of Weed to "Flip the Switch" and Celebrate Renewable Energy on July 12

WEED, CA​ - The City of Weed plans to “flip the switch” on its new solar photovoltaic (PV)systems and ring in the generation of clean energy in a celebration to take place on Friday, July12. The ceremony, slated for 10 to 10:30 a.m. under the solar shade structure at City Hall (550Main Street in Weed, CA), will draw city leaders, community members and local media.

“After over a year of planning, we’re thrilled to announce that City Hall and our wastewater treatment plant will be powered by solar energy!” said City of Weed Mayor Ken Palfini. “With modernized energy infrastructure across the City, our community can look forward to a healthier, smarter and more vibrant future. Climatec has been a key partner in Weed becoming a smart, sustainable city.”

The PV systems are expected to produce approximately 333,000 kWh per year and 8.35 million kWh over its lifetime. The equivalent annual outcome of these returns are 32 cars off the road,17,379 gallons of gasoline saved, 4,531 trees preserved and 23 American homes powered.

The new PV systems, however, are only one piece of Weed’s plan to advance its sustainability and reap energy and cost savings. Via a partnership with Climatec Energy Services, Weed has invested in interior and exterior LED lighting at City buildings; new heating and cooling at theCity Hall; networked temperature controls at Weed Library and improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Savings accrued over the lifespan of the new equipment and the solar system are estimated at $5.5 million and 12.1 million kWh.

“The projected financial and energy savings will create a reservoir that can be reinvested in our community–this is a huge feat for our city,” said Weed City Manager Ronald ("Ron") W. Stock.“From planning to construction, Climatec has been instrumental to the solar power generation system’s timely execution. Their dedication to us as a client has put us on track to achieve our energy efficiency and financial goals.”

The City formally adopted the project on January 11, 2018 on a 5-0 vote, which was funded by a1 percent loan from the California Energy Commission. In approximately 12 months, Climatec implemented work on the project.

“As a proud leader in energy efficiency, Climatec finds it incredibly satisfying to bring energy efficiency and smart technology to communities like the City of Weed,” said Tyler Girtman,

Climatec account manager for Weed. “These innovations wouldn’t have been possible without the thoughtful leadership exhibited by city leaders like Ron, Ken and all of Weed’s City Council and staff. Weed is a prime example of a community whose push to become more sustainable will benefit us all.”

About the City of Weed

The City of Weed, California is nestled at the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains and half way between San Francisco and Portland. The community is surrounded by natural beauty, breathtaking vistas, and unmatched outdoor recreation. The City is a historic lumber town which has retained much of its early 1900's charm, while transitioning into a tourist destination. An easy one-hour drive north of Redding on Interstate 5 brings you to our home where you may enjoy abundant lakes and rivers, beautiful forests, wildlife, scenic drives, local art, festivals, live music, and a friendly community. Visit​ ​ci.weed.ca.us​ for more information.

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Bass Lake School District to "Plug into the Sun" on May 30

BASS LAKE, CA - Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District (BLJUESD) invites its community to “Plug into the Sun” with a celebration of a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Wasuma Elementary School on Thursday, May 30. The ceremony will kick off at 3 p.m. in front of the Wasuma gym, located at 43109 Highway 49 in Ahwahnee, CA.

During the ceremony, BLJUESD will share the importance of the PV system to the Bass Lake community and flip the system switch to start the generation of renewable solar power to Wasuma.

“Everyone in our great district is excited about the solar project. We are joining the effort to ‘go green’ and reduce our global footprint,” said Randall Seals, superintendent of BLJUESD. “In addition to the environmental benefits of solar, we are looking forward to generating a savings on our utility services which will allow the district to increase much-needed direct services for our students and staff. Climatec has been a great partner during the planning and construction phases of the project and their dedication to us as a client has been outstanding.”

A project of a power purchase agreement between BLJUESD and Climatec Energy Services, the solar PV system offers greater environmental sustainability to the mountain area of Central California. Wasuma Elementary will receive renewable solar energy from the system, which is made up of 752 PV panels, seven AC/DC inverters and 14 combiner boxes. It is expected to produce approximately 600,000 kWh per year and close to 14,250,000 kWh over its 25-year life.

The project launched on June 28, 2018 and finished on May 16, 2019. The PV system entailed over 1,000 feet of underground directional boring from the school soccer field and parking lot to a point of interconnection on campus so as not to disrupt school programming throughout the construction period. The result is approximately 1 mile of underground high voltage wiring.

“We are thrilled to possess this resource right here in the Bass Lake area,” said Stella Pizelo, Bass Lake School Board president. “The PV system is just one feat toward powering our district and reinvigorating the area. Our goal is to continue educating ourselves, our students and our community about the benefits and means of clean energy. With the help of Climatec, we are on track to do just that.”

BLJUESD and Climatec will continue their partnership in an additional collaboration with the SunPower Horizons Program to educate BLJUESD leadership on solar PV. The education series will include lessons in solar science and energy efficiency, guest lecturers, mentors, webinars, advisors for solar curriculum and project and office tours. These projects will reap environmental savings equivalent to 26 less cars on the road, 14,121 gallons of gasoline saved, 3,703 trees preserved from deforestation and 19 American homes powered.

“As leaders in energy efficiency, Climatec finds it important to connect with local leaders on opportunities for enhancing their communities,” said Tyler Girtman, Bass Lake District’s account manager at Climatec. “We are inspired by Bass Lake School District to take on shifts in, not only infrastructure, but education. It is this type of thought leadership that is reshaping the world into a healthier, more vibrant place to live and enjoy.”

About Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District

The Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District is dedicated to academic achievement and success for its pupils, donning the mission statement and slogan, “Every Child... a Promise!” The District serves schools located in the greater mountain area of Central California, including Fresno Flats Community Day School, Oak Creek Intermediate School, Oakhurst Elementary School and Wasuma Elementary School. Bass Lake students benefit from a “1:1” technology model in which they are allotted one Chromebook for each day of instruction from kindergarten to 8th grade. Students receive a first-class educational experience in Bass Lake schools, one that provides a strong foundation for future success in high school and beyond.

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Bass Lake School District to "Plug into the Sun" on May 30

BASS LAKE, CA - Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District (BLJUESD) invites its community to “Plug into the Sun” with a celebration of a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Wasuma Elementary School on Thursday, May 30. The ceremony will kick off at 3 p.m. in front of the Wasuma gym, located at 43109 Highway 49 in Ahwahnee, CA.

During the ceremony, BLJUESD will share the importance of the PV system to the Bass Lake community and flip the system switch to start the generation of renewable solar power to Wasuma.

“Everyone in our great district is excited about the solar project. We are joining the effort to ‘go green’ and reduce our global footprint,” said Randall Seals, superintendent of BLJUESD. “In addition to the environmental benefits of solar, we are looking forward to generating a savings on our utility services which will allow the district to increase much-needed direct services for our students and staff. Climatec has been a great partner during the planning and construction phases of the project and their dedication to us as a client has been outstanding.”

A project of a power purchase agreement between BLJUESD and Climatec Energy Services, the solar PV system offers greater environmental sustainability to the mountain area of Central California. Wasuma Elementary will receive renewable solar energy from the system, which is made up of 752 PV panels, seven AC/DC inverters and 14 combiner boxes. It is expected to produce approximately 600,000 kWh per year and close to 14,250,000 kWh over its 25-year life.

The project launched on June 28, 2018 and finished on May 16, 2019. The PV system entailed over 1,000 feet of underground directional boring from the school soccer field and parking lot to a point of interconnection on campus so as not to disrupt school programming throughout the construction period. The result is approximately 1 mile of underground high voltage wiring.

“We are thrilled to possess this resource right here in the Bass Lake area,” said Stella Pizelo, Bass Lake School Board president. “The PV system is just one feat toward powering our district and reinvigorating the area. Our goal is to continue educating ourselves, our students and our community about the benefits and means of clean energy. With the help of Climatec, we are on track to do just that.”

BLJUESD and Climatec will continue their partnership in an additional collaboration with the SunPower Horizons Program to educate BLJUESD leadership on solar PV. The education series will include lessons in solar science and energy efficiency, guest lecturers, mentors, webinars, advisors for solar curriculum and project and office tours. These projects will reap environmental savings equivalent to 26 less cars on the road, 14,121 gallons of gasoline saved, 3,703 trees preserved from deforestation and 19 American homes powered.

“As leaders in energy efficiency, Climatec finds it important to connect with local leaders on opportunities for enhancing their communities,” said Tyler Girtman, Bass Lake District’s account manager at Climatec. “We are inspired by Bass Lake School District to take on shifts in, not only infrastructure, but education. It is this type of thought leadership that is reshaping the world into a healthier, more vibrant place to live and enjoy.”

About Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District
The Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District is dedicated to academic achievement and success for its pupils, donning the mission statement and slogan, “Every Child... a Promise!” The District serves schools located in the greater mountain area of Central California, including Fresno Flats Community Day School, Oak Creek Intermediate School, Oakhurst Elementary School and Wasuma Elementary School. Bass Lake students benefit from a “1:1” technology model in which they are allotted one Chromebook for each day of instruction from kindergarten to 8th grade. Students receive a first-class educational experience in Bass Lake schools, one that provides a strong foundation for future success in high school and beyond.

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Climatec is recognized by Phoenix Business Journal’s Best Places to Work 2016

PHOENIX – December 14, 2016 – Climatec, LLC (Climatec) is pleased to announce its recognition as one of Phoenix’s 2016 Best Places to Work, presented by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Climbing up from 10th place in 2015, Climatec ranked 9th this year in the large-sized companies’ category. 115 companies divided into 5 categories, were honored at the 14th Annual Best Places to Work event, held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Each year, the Business Journal celebrates employers who create the most rewarding work environments in Arizona.

“As we grow, our goal is to keep an entrepreneurial feel. Each division has the autonomy to run their business in a way that best meets the needs of their customers. That freedom and flexibility has created an environment where people want to be here and enjoy what they do,” said Terry Keenen, president for Climatec.

In order to qualify, employees must complete a survey facilitated by Quantum Workplace, a third party research partner.

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Climatec Expands Operation to Greater New York City Marketplace

PHOENIX – October 3, 2016 – Climatec, LLC, a leading provider of building technology solutions and energy services, has acquired Skyline Automation, an expert in building automation and system integration services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Skyline Automation, headquartered in Clifton, New Jersey was founded in 2013 and serves the greater New York City and Northern New Jersey marketplace. Skyline designs, installs and services building management systems with particular expertise in large-scale commercial buildings. Skyline’s associates and management team will continue in their respective roles, including Frank Del Vecchio, Skyline’s president; Kevin Kerr, vice president of business development; Brian Hallowell, vice president of service, and James Dagostino, vice president of operations.

“We immediately recognized the employee and customer-focused priorities of Skyline Automation as perfectly aligned with Climatec’s own core values and culture” said Terry Keenen, president, Climatec, LLC. “In addition, our common business partnerships and strategic suppliers will greatly enhance our combined momentum in the marketplace.” “The cultural and technical alignment of our companies coupled with Climatec’s financial strength creates significant opportunity for the growth and advancement of our business,” said Frank Del Vecchio, president, Skyline Automation. “Our team is motivated and excited about the benefits this acquisition brings to all our employees and customers.”

Contact:
Courtney Moolenaar, Marketing Manager
Climatec | 602.906.1740 | courtneym@climatec.com

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Climatec is recognized by Phoenix Business Journal’s 21st Annual ACE Awards

PHOENIX – November 5, 2015 – Climatec, LLC (Climatec) is pleased to announce its recognition as one of Arizona’s top companies by the 2015 Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards, presented by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Each year, ACE honors the innovations and positive community impact of the Valley’s largest private companies. The essence of the award is to honor organizations that have given back to Arizona communities. Climatec is ranked as the 7th fastest growing company and the 16th top private company in Arizona.

“I truly believe our success stems from the personal commitment each of our employees contributes to our customers while making a difference in the communities we live in,” said Terry Keenen, president for Climatec.

For over 20 years, ACE has worked towards cultivating a sense of community and information exchange amongst the Valley’s premiere private organizations. Participation in the ACE program, allows local business leaders to network and learn from their peers.

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Good Use Requires Good Measure: Using technology to understand Arizona’s water needs

Clean, fresh water is a luxury many Americans take for granted. This life essential resource is often consumed without regard for where it comes from or how much is needed tomorrow. Here in Arizona, we’re well aware that water drives our economy and everyday lives. Unfortunately, arid environments like ours rarely receive adequate rainfall to sustain the needs of our growing cities and regions.

In spite of successful public education campaigns encouraging users to reduce their water consumption, local municipalities are faced with the hard fact that current demand is outpacing supply. Each year, Arizona consumes more than 2 trillion gallons of water. While most of it, roughly 70%, goes to farmers and ranchers, Arizona residents use more than 130 gallons per day.1,2

Here are two key questions to ask: Are municipalities doing all they can to help us become better water consumers? Are they making good infrastructure investments to reduce water waste? Luckily, many municipalities throughout the nation have answered this question. They turned to automated meter reading (AMR) technologies to reduce waste by creating better monitoring systems that provide consumers and administrators with action-oriented alerts to leaks and use.

Cities and water agencies experience between 15-20% water loss as a result of system inefficiencies, leaks, etc. AMR systems can reduce that amount to around 5%, not only reducing waste but also reclaiming otherwise lost revenue.

AMR technology has been around since the 1970’s, but only in the past decade have advances in functionality and connectivity made it a worthwhile investment for municipalities to consider.

In a typical system, computerized water meters are installed on building main lines or at site-specific locations. Water use data at each unit is tracked by the hour, then sent to a nearby data storage center. Depending on how the system is set up, the data is transmitted to the municipality’s central database through an internet connection in real-time, or remotely collected by meter readers on a weekly basis.

Because of AMR technology, municipalities that make these projects a priority are better able to manage their systems and operations by:

  • Detecting infrastructure leaks
  • Identifying site-specific waste
  • Monitoring use and conservation compliance
  • Providing detailed billing and customer support
  • Efficiently planning for future resource and infrastructure needs


One of the best ways to implement an AMR system is by pairing it with a comprehensive set of infrastructure upgrades such as street light retrofits and citywide landscape automation. A comprehensive project, upgrading multiple facets of city infrastructure will help realize the greatest water and energy savings possible.

Many cities and water district leaders do not realize that while AMR systems and other projects can be a significant investment, opportunities for financing exist that allow local governments to pay for the project while guaranteeing energy and water savings through performance-based contracting. To learn more about performance-based contracting, click here: http://www.climatec.com/cities-can-afford-energy-efficiency-projects/

Before embarking on a comprehensive retrofit project, an energy service company (ESCO) will perform an independent audit of infrastructure to determine the optimal projects for energy and water savings. As a part of that audit, an ESCO will review current meter technology and determine appropriate system upgrades.

Our State is faced with many challenges. Although water is one of them, technologies like automated water meters give local governments an opportunity to be better stewards of this precious resource. Local municipalities that make strategic investments in projects like these will bolster the State’s supply and ensure their customers water needs are met for decades to come.

“Securing Arizona’s Water Future.” Arizona Department of Water Resources, n.d.Web.
http://www.azwater.gov/AzDWR/PublicInformationOfficer/documents/supplydemand.pdf
Artiola, Janick F., Ph.D., Kathryn L. Farrell-Poe, Ph.D., and Jacqueline C. Moxley, M.Sc. “Arizona: Know Your Water – A Consumer’s Guide to Water Sources, Quality, Regulations, and Home Water Treatment Options;.” University of Arizona, n.d. Web.
https://wrrc.arizona.edu/sites/wrrc.arizona.edu/files/AZ%20Know%20Your%20Water.pdf

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Climatec is recognized by Phoenix Business Journal’s Best Places to Work 2015

PHOENIX – December 3, 2015 – Climatec, LLC (Climatec) is pleased to announce its recognition as one of Phoenix’s 2015 Best Places to Work, presented by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Climatec is ranked 10th out of 20 in the large-sized companies’ category. 115 companies divided into 5 categories, were honored at the 13th Annual Best Places to Work event, held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Each year, the Business Journal celebrates employers who create the most rewarding work environments in Arizona.

“To ensure a great work environment, we allow for autonomy and flexibility for all employees. Each division has the ability to run their business the way that best meets the needs of their employees and customers,” said Terry Keenen, president for Climatec.

In order to qualify, employees must fill out a survey facilitated by Quantum Workplace, a third party research partner.

ABOUT CLIMATEC

Since 1975, Climatec has been making buildings safer, more comfortable and efficient. We are the leading provider of advanced building technologies and energy solutions for thousands of customers every day. Our dedication to delivering an extraordinary customer experience and world-class service has enabled us to become part of the Bosch family and the largest privately-owned building technologies provider in the nation.

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Innovation is in the Air for Returning Students

Hesperia Unified School District Completes Major Retrofits to Save Money and Improve Classroom Environments

Hesperia students have returned to school to find room temperatures and airflow optimized for learning. The Hesperia Unified School District (the District) has completed an energy retrofit project that improved building infrastructure while saving millions in future energy costs. In the three months since project completion indications show a 31% reduction in the District’s energy costs.

Two years ago, with the State’s elimination of deferred maintenance funding and facing a significant deferred maintenance backlog, the District Board and staff took action to solve the District’s infrastructure challenges. District staff began searching for policy approaches and Proposition 39 became one clear option to address deferred maintenance while reducing building energy and operating costs. Proposition 39 allows eligible local education agencies to apply for funds to complete energy efficiency projects and create jobs in their local markets.

After a competitive process in 2014, the District entered into an energy services contract with Climatec, a leader in energy retrofit services for California schools. District staff and Climatec’s energy engineering team completed a planning study and created an Energy Master Plan resulting in a program to address 23 District sites (22 campuses plus the District office). The study identified deferred maintenance and infrastructure replacement needs in the areas of HVAC, lighting and building automation systems in excess of $30 million. With the help of $4.7 million in Proposition 39 funding, the District was able to implement an initial phase of work in the amount of $12.98 million. The balance of the funding was provided primarily through guaranteed energy savings from Climatec and utility rebates.

Implementation of the energy program began in May 2014 and finished in July 2015. The energy savings and infrastructure improvements included:

  • Modernization of over 300 classroom heating and cooling systems
  • Installation of a new district-wide building automation system
  • State-of-the-art motion sensor controls for lighting and HVAC across the District
  • Comprehensive LED lighting retrofits
  • Installation of a computer power management system

“The State funding available through Proposition 39 really got this project off the ground. Were it not for Prop 39 seed money, we may still be looking at a backlog of deferred maintenance and higher energy bills,” said Hesperia Unified School District Superintendent David McLaughlin. “HUSD is always looking for innovative ideas to deliver the best education we can for our students. Cost-effectively creating improved classroom environments while saving energy simply made sense. The District staff and Board recognized the benefits of being an early-adopter of Proposition 39 funding and leveraging costs, and we are now seeing the benefits in cost savings and improved learning environments.”

In addition to addressing $12.98 million in deferred maintenance needs, the project will deliver an estimated $400 thousand per year in General Fund relief. The project is already beating cost saving projections as evidenced by a recent trailing three month report showing a 31% reduction in energy costs.

Hesperia Unified School District Board President Eric Swanson commented on the benefits of this type of project, “Any time we, as a Board, can offset our general fund costs and provide a more comfortable environment for our students and teachers, it is a win-win. Hesperia Unified School District is excited to be a leader among California school districts using innovation in funding and technology to benefit our students.”

CONTACT:
Dave Olney, Assistant Superintendent
760.244.4411 x7337

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Transparency in Sustainability

As stewards of the taxpayer dollar, elected leaders are increasingly cautious of the expenditure of public funds on capital projects. Providing accountability to the public on major expenses is paramount as leaders determine the highest and best use of tax dollars. When evaluating options for infrastructure improvements, elected leaders can struggle to quantify the benefits of projects to the public. After all, at public hearings the reality is a City Council is far more likely to be extensively questioned about expenditures rather than praised for them.

The good news is that there is a way to increase the efficiency of city infrastructure and provide accountability to the taxpayer at the same time, making the prospect of performing energy efficient retrofits to city infrastructure attractive. Energy prices are on the rise and utility rates are going to increase for everyone,
including government. Running a strong city requires infrastructure, physical brick and mortar, and that infrastructure needs power. Operational costs of infrastructure are on the rise, and now more than ever, leaders should consider their options to increase efficiency.

The International Energy Association reports that buildings consume 41% of the world’s energy1. Buildings also account for 21% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions2. Energy is an astounding 32% of the lifecycle cost of a building (factoring in design and construction)3.

By performing energy efficient retrofits with lighting automation solutions, HVAC retrofits and building temperature controls, a city can dramatically decrease energy costs, resulting in significant general fund savings. While those retrofits are large capital expenses at the outset, the technology exists to provide accountability for the expenditures, which is critical for project viability.

By utilizing software available to provide a visual accounting of the actual retrofit savings, a city can provide the public with an interface to access this data and essentially audit their investment in real time. Using the data to drive the sustainability effort, cities and counties can offer a highly transparent and accountable process.

1 International Energy Agency: http://www.iea.org/aboutus/faqs/energyefficiency/
2 Global Mapping of Greenhouse Gas Abatement Opportunities up to 2030”, Building Sector deep dive, June 2007.
3 Dena Congress, Berlin, 2008 Climatec is an Energy Services Company (ESCO) providing a variety of building retrofits to local governments to increase efficiency and transparency. To learn more about the opportunities for automation, efficiency projects and the subsequent data available, contact Matt Vaccaro at mvaccaro@climatec.com.

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Cities Can Afford Energy Efficiency Projects

Many cities want to save money and cut overhead by implementing energy efficiency projects such as building automation systems, installing solar power sources, and retrofitting facilities. While every city would like to reduce energy costs, increase revenues, improve employee comfort and productivity, and decrease carbon emissions, not every city possesses the capital to get such projects running. The best way to overcome lack of capital as a project barrier is to evaluate your city’s financing options.

An energy service company (ESCO) can guarantee the energy savings that will be generated by an energy project.  By performing an energy audit, ESCOs can recommend solutions and estimate the level of savings expected. When a city signs a service agreement with an ESCO, the scope of the project is outlined, equipment upgrades are pre-determined, and energy savings are specified. For an annual fee, a Measurement & Verification (M&V) provides security, as it guarantees the project’s performance. In the case that the project does not produce the projected savings during the M&V period, the ESCO is required to provide compensation. This can be done in one of two ways: either the ESCO performs additional work at no extra cost or the ESCO makes a cash payment to the city at the end of the year.

There are a variety of ways a city can finance energy efficiency projects.

The most commonly used financing tools are capital leases, such as the non-appropriation tax-exempt lease. There are also grants available through the federal government, states, and local utilities.

With a capital lease, a city can finance up to 100% of the project cost and make payments throughout the life of the lease. By going this route, cities get the funding needed up front to complete the project. This results in an energy cost savings going forward and frees up funds to make lease payments. Over time, less energy is used, generally resulting in a positive cash flow or a budget neutral situation for the city.

Typically when using a capital lease, cities opt for non-appropriation tax-exempt lease purchase agreements, which offer lower payments than taxable financing leases. Tax-exempt lease purchase agreements decrease overall program costs and diminish interest expense. In most states, the non-appropriation clause allows the city to account for lease payments as a current expense instead of debt. Therefore, the non-appropriation clause eliminates the need for taxpayer approval and expedites the process.

Lack of funds should not be seen as a barrier to executing energy efficiency projects. The real barrier is the lack of awareness or understanding of what financing options are available. By working with an ESCO, cities can evaluate their needs and explore financing options available.

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Climatec saves Scottsdale Unified School District over $3 million through Energy Retrofits

PHOENIX – Climatec, LLC (Climatec) saves Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) over $3 million through Energy Retrofits with a minimum of 100% of the guaranteed savings in any three consecutive years of a 12-year period.

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 cost & usage savings as guaranteed by Climatec totaling 162% in phase II alone. The district expects to continue to realize these energy savings well into the future.

“The program implemented by Climatec has delivered significant energy reductions and the guaranteed savings have exceeded our expectations. Climatec’s energy efficiency solutions combined with our solar initiatives make SUSD a clear leader in sustainability and energy conservation in a very challenging budget environment,” said Dr. David Peterson, superintendent, Scottsdale Unified School District.

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.

Starting 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 10.7 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.

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Climatec completes installation of a new surveillance system at the University of Phoenix Stadium in time for Super Bowl XLIX

PHOENIX – January 21, 2015 – Climatec, LLC, a Phoenix-based building technology company, is pleased to announce the completed installation of a new security solution at the University of Phoenix Stadium in preparation for the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX events.

Climatec worked closely with Guidepost Solutions, a security and technology consulting firm, and the stadium operations team to successfully engineer and deploy a complete video solution. Using ultra high definition camera technology, manufactured by Avigilon Corporation, the stadium’s operational and security staff now have complete situational awareness of activity occurring inside the stadium, covering the entire 63,400-seat facility and surrounding parking lot areas.

“University of Phoenix Stadium has a long standing relationship with Climatec and we were looking to upgrade to a new video surveillance system that would provide high definition image quality with a host of system functions. We fully appreciated Climatec’s unique approach to the design, as they understood what the stadium needed. Climatec did not present an out of the box mediocre solution, but a complete customized deployment for our own application,” said Joe Coomer, director of security and services for Global Spectrum at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Known for its unique design, engineering and technology, the University of Phoenix Stadium is unlike any other stadium in the country. With its retractable roof and field, this multi-functional facility is home to NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the annual VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.

The new system permits stadium staff to operate all camera equipment and search through digital footage rapidly. Andy McQueen, head of the security division at Climatec said, “Our goals were to provide a system that would both meet the budget expectations and provide high-quality, reliable digital video. We wanted to be sure the stadium staff had an application that would give them a state-of-the-art system but still provide intuitive command and control. Our team is dedicated to providing the right technology, to improve all public safety and well-being of the people at the stadium.”

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Bosch acquires Climatec and strengthens energy and building technology business

Bosch strengthens energy and building technology business with Climatec acquisition

Purchase of leading U.S. energy, building, and security solutions provider expands global footprint

  • Bosch becomes single-source provider of energy, building automation and security solutions for public, commercial and industrial customers in the US
  • Combined portfolio meet demands of growing market
  • Climatec to operate as a largely independent entity

Farmington Hills, MI – Robert Bosch North America Corporation has acquired Climatec, LLC, a leading provider of energy efficiency, building automation, security and life-safety solutions for the U.S. market. Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Climatec, LLC generated sales of 170 million dollars (128 million euros) in 2013. According to preliminary figures, Climatec increased its sales in 2014 to about 190 million dollars (143 million euros). The company employs some 670 associates at a total of twelve offices across Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. Climatec has been majority-owned by Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. since April 2012. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“With the addition of Climatec, we are expanding our global presence especially in the growing North American market, strengthening our portfolio and becoming a comprehensive supplier of solutions in the area of energy, building automation and security services,” said Dr. Stefan Hartung, member of the Bosch board of management responsible for the Energy and Building Technology business sector. “The entrepreneurial spirit, industry expertise, customer focus and shared cultural values that have made Climatec successful are an excellent match for Bosch. Our heating, energy service, security systems, software, sensors and storage technology expertise, combined with the Climatec portfolio, positions Bosch to achieve Energy and Building Technology business sector sales of ten billion dollars (eight billion euros) in 2020.”

“Over its 40-year history, Climatec has established itself as a trusted provider of building comfort, safety and efficiency solutions across nearly all building segments. I was immediately impressed by Bosch’s determination to create an environment that would preserve our business model and customer focus,” said Terry Keenen, president, Climatec, LLC. “I am confident that this acquisition will strengthen our position for sustained growth, benefitting our customers and employees.”

Integrated competencies for a growing market

The market for integrated energy services, building automation systems and system integration is growing significantly in the U.S. and around the world. As global energy needs have doubled over the last four decades, customer demand for energy efficiency has increased. And recent years have seen greater demand for comfort, connectivity and security. Rising energy costs, increasingly complex energy systems and a changing regulatory environment foster major growth opportunities in the residential and commercial building sector as well as the services segment.

The Bosch Energy and Building Technology business sector combines several areas of expertise: broad technical systems know-how in video surveillance systems, intrusion and fire detection, access control, alarms, evacuation and public address systems, professional audio and conference systems, as well as water heating and comfort heating systems. As the global market leader in microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS), Bosch offers software and sensor technology for internet of things connectivity. The company also offers services for energy management, remote monitoring, and the handling of business processes.

Climatec is recognized in the building industry as an independent single-source integrator of critical building systems including energy services, building automation and security system integration in the U.S. market. The company provides consulting, planning, implementation and 24/7 remote management of comprehensive comfort, security, safety and efficiency solutions. Climatec is active in several market segments and industries including education, healthcare, the public sector, industrial/manufacturing, computing services, office buildings, federal, state and local government, hospitality and energy.

Combining these strengths, Bosch can now offer customers a complete portfolio of networked and efficient energy, building automation and security solutions.

Climatec continues as largely independent entity

Climatec will operate as a largely independent entity, maintaining its offices in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas. Operations will continue to be run by the same management team. Climatec will continue to represent and integrate numerous leading manufactures’ product lines across its wide range of services, including Bosch products. As before, the Bosch Security Systems division, Fairport, NY, will continue to sell their security and safety products in the North American market through leading distributors and system integrators.

About Bosch

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket solutions, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs 24,600 associates in more than 100 locations, with consolidated sales of $10.4 billion in 2013. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($61.2 billion). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch invested some 4.5 billion euros ($6.0 billion) in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is “Invented for life.” Additional information on the global organization is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

*Due to a change in accounting policies, 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with 2012 figures. The decision to forego the application of proportionate consolidation affects mainly BSH Boschund Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (2013 consolidated sales volume of some $9.7 billion). 2014 exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32850. 2013 exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32812.

About Climatec

Founded in 1975, Climatec is a leading provider of advanced building technologies and energy efficiency solutions. It serves building owners across nearly all market segments including education, health care, office, hospitality, industrial, federal, state and local government. Climatec’s automation and efficiency solutions improve building comfort and deliver significant energy and operational savings. Its life-safety and security solutions create productive environments that protect building occupants and business assets. Climatec is headquartered in Phoenix with offices across Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas, and has over 600 full-time employees.

About Pegasus Capital Advisors

Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. is a private equity fund manager that has been providing creative capital and strategic solutions to companies across a variety of industries since 1996. Pegasus partners with management teams of growth companies, with a focus on those that benefit from the business implications of global resource scarcity. Sectors where this trend is most pronounced are food, water, energy, health & wellness and security. Pegasus currently manages approximately $2.0 billion in assets. Visit www.pcalp.com for more information.

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Energy Monitoring Provides Accountability and Transparency

One of the single greatest barriers to executing large-scale infrastructure improvement projects can be justifying the investment to taxpayers. When it comes to energy efficiency projects that are not as visible as roads or parks, that barrier can be even greater.

In talking about energy efficiency projects, there are a variety of ways in which cities, counties, and school districts can increase efficiency and reduce expense. From LED light retrofits, to solar projects, to HVAC retrofits, there are many options, coupled with updated building controls, these projects are becoming more and more attractive to budget and energy conscious local governments.

Even with the increased efficiency and convenience associated with executing comprehensive retrofits, elected officials and high-level staff can sometimes receive pushback on spending public funds to upgrade a system that appears to be functioning “just fine.” Fortunately, the technology now exists to provide real-time accountability and transparency on energy efficiency projects.

In the State of Arizona, performance based contracts on energy efficiency projects are required by law to have an annual audit for a minimum of three years. Some Energy Service Companies (ESCO’s) provide more frequent monitoring through in-house resources. One tool for providing visual, user-friendly performance data on a building or series of buildings is called an energy Dashboard. The energy Dashboard compiles multiple types of data into one central reporting system to help users understand exactly how a building or series of buildings is performing. That data can then be made available to any designated individuals, from building operators to the general public. Dashboards are common on large-scale projects and report on energy consumption, sustainability components, energy production from solar panels, and even waste output.

Additional capabilities of dashboards and energy monitoring software include reporting functionality for management purposes. There are numerous reports available to show system performance, year over year efficiencies gained, sustainability goals achievement, and building portfolio performance compared to benchmarks of similar facilities nationwide.

Building controls allow an operator (a school district, county, or city) to adjust thermostat and light settings across multiple locations using one, centralized energy management system. Installation of this technology is often accompanied by system upgrades to increase efficiency, such as LED lighting retrofits and HVAC updates. The end result is increased energy efficiency coupled with reduced personnel expenses for maintenance. These resources can then be reassigned for other tasks. Imagine, as the days grow longer each spring, adjusting the thermostats in an entire building from one single control panel, rather than having a maintenance worker visit every thermostat in the system. System adjustments to accommodate evening assemblies can be scheduled centrally from a computer rather than dispatching personnel directly to the site.

Dashboards provide one inclusive picture of efficiency and allow for operators to make adjustments as needed. Consider the following scenario in which an energy Dashboard increases transparency while at the same time allowing a municipality to complete an important energy retrofit project:

A city engages an ESCO to perform a large-scale energy retrofit project that includes lighting and HVAC controls as well as solar panel installation on multiple city facilities. During the approval process, several residents attend city council meetings to voice opposition to the project because it is expensive and perceived as unnecessary for a system that isn’t broken.

An energy Dashboard is established to provide real-time data to show system performance. The Dashboard gives the city’s public works department and city management instant data on performance of the entire system. In addition, a public Dashboard kiosk is set up inside City Hall and data is pushed out to the city’s website for residents to see the actual performance of the system improvements. The end result is transparency and accountability coupled with greatly increased efficiency. It’s a win-win situation.

Considering that every project is different, ESCO’s should take a custom approach with each client to find the best method for monitoring and verifying savings. Not everyone needs a Dashboard, but many clients require more than an annual audit.

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State Law Encourages Municipalities to Reduce Energy

Performance based contracting is the process by which schools, universities, towns, cities and counties enter into contracts with private companies to design, implement and monitor energy and water savings projects. As a result of HB 2830, the Energy and Water Savings Accounts Law, enacted in 2012 by Governor Jan Brewer, municipalities can now enter into agreements with Energy Services Companies or ESCOs for execution of self-funded energy efficiency projects.

ESCOs provide both design, implementation and monitoring services of energy efficiency projects while contracting with a third party financial institution to take on the performance risk of the project. Contracting out performance risk means that municipalities have a guarantee on project performance and will receive financial compensation should energy efficiency projects not deliver the promised energy savings. Savings from utility costs once these projects are complete make them a budget neutral line item, with savings realized after the project payoff resulting in direct savings to the municipality’s bottom line.

Under the Energy and Water Savings Account Law performance contacts must include the following:

  • A detailed list of the measures to be implemented by the ESCO
  • Cost savings guarantees from the ESCO
  • The planned cost repayment schedule
  • An independent, third-party validation of the cost savings calculations by a credentialed engineer, paid for by the ESCO

After implementation of the project, measurement and verification (M&V) is crucial to ensure the projected savings is consistent with actual savings. The level of complexity to the project makes the M&V process even more essential. Under the Energy and Water Savings Account Law, ESCOs must take on financial risk if projects are not meeting the performance standards outlined in the contract. According to State law, contracts with schools must guarantee savings resulting from the project will pay back the full cost of the project within 25 years. For counties, cities and towns the repayment period is shortened to 15 years.

With the safeguards put in place by the Energy and Water Savings Account Law, municipalities have significant incentives to explore performance based contracting when considering energy efficiency projects.

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Climatec Expands Operations in Texas with Acquisition of OpenTech

PHOENIX – February 17, 2014 – Climatec Building Technologies Group (“Climatec”), a leading provider of complete building automation and energy management services, is pleased to announce its continued expansion in Texas with the acquisition of Open Environmental Technologies (OpenTech). OpenTech is an independent building automation and controls contractor with offices in Houston, San Antonio and McAllen, Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 1998, OpenTech has developed an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction, innovation and building technology leadership. OpenTech designs, installs and services building automation and security systems for schools, colleges and universities, government and commercial offices, data centers, and healthcare facilities throughout the greater Houston and San Antonio metropolitan areas as well as customers across east and south Texas, including the Rio Grande Valley. Its founders, David Clark and Rick Grimes will continue to serve as Vice President/General Manager and Vice President Operations, respectively, within the newly acquired Climatec business unit.

“OpenTech is a great addition to our team,” said Terry Keenen, president, Climatec. “We have worked with OpenTech for years and share their passion for this industry. And as they join our existing Dallas and Austin based operations, we’re excited about the opportunity to deliver even greater value and service across all our Texas customers and building partners.”

“This is an exciting next step in the strategic growth of our business,” said Clark. “With the financial and operational backing of Climatec, we look forward to expanded offerings for our customers and new opportunities for our employees as we merge with the Climatec organization.”

“The building automation, security and energy management industry is changing rapidly,” said Grimes. “The combination of OpenTech and Climatec means that our customers will benefit from a wider range of technology solutions and expanded resources as we grow together in Texas.”

Contact:
Marty Applebaum, Vice President of Strategic Business Development
Climatec | 602.504.5661 | martya@climatec.com

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Climatec Sponsors Event Benefiting Cancer Research

April 28- In the heart of Livermore Valley wine country, WineHike.org  hosted the 5th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction HIKE Fundraiser at the Purple Orchid Resort and Spa. Sponsored by CLIMATEC and the Pleasanton Police Officer Association, the event benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and included a performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Johnny Lee Hooker Jr., tastings from five different local wineries and featured distinguished speakers sharing their personal experiences combating blood cancer.

Nearly 300 community leaders, government officials and members of the public gathered to raise funds for research to find a cure. “This is the first time I’ve come to the event, and it’s a great opportunity to work together for a very worthy cause. Leukemia and Lymphoma can happen to anyone, from any background. The music is great, the weather is fantastic and I look forward to speaking with people” said Kevin Romick, Mayor of the City of Oakley.

Sponsoring the fundraiser fits into CLIMATEC’s larger mission to improve the communities they serve. A leading provider of building technologies in a range of industries, CLIMATEC specializes in energy efficiency and enhancing building technologies. CLIMATEC’s work with the public sector often consists of helping school districts and other public entities optimize energy efficiency, allowing the resulting much- needed savings to be used elsewhere.

“Obviously this is a very important event. I’m pleased to be here as a guest of CLIMATEC, that does heroic work in the education field for energy and conservation and energy efficiency which translates into more discretionary money for our schools” said Jack O’Connell, Former State Superintendent and partner at Capitol Advisors Group. “Because of the work of CLIMATEC and the savings they realize for school districts, more resources are available for hiring additional personnel, class size reduction, computers and textbooks. It’s just really a win-win all the way around.”

The event concluded with awarding the winners of the silent auction. This year’s event raised $25,000. Event staff consisted of volunteers and nearly all auction items were provided by generous donations. Proceeds go towards blood cancer research and patient care.

To learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit: www.lls.org

– See more at: http://www.civicbusinessjournal.com/climatec-sponsors-livermore-valley-event-benefiting-cancer-research/

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Climatec saves Scottsdale Unified School District over $1 million annually through Energy Retrofits

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 School District.

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 Peterson.

Starting 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.

Contact:
Steve Siverson
Vice President
Climatec
p 602.906.1711
ssiverson@climatec.com

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Climatec Axcess Customer Bullitt Center Receives Digital Innovation Award from Realcomm / IBcon

PHOENIX – June 21, 2013 – Climatec Building Technologies Group (Climatec) is pleased to announce the award this month of the Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Award (“Digie”) to Bullitt Center; an industry leader and Climatec Axcess customer.

Realcomm has presented the “Digie” Awards (short for Commercial Real Estate Digital Innovation Awards) since 1999 to recognize those companies, real estate projects, technologies and people that have gone above and beyond to positively impact the industry through the use of technology, automation and innovation.

The Bullitt Center in Seattle is a new 50,000 SF commercial building working to meet the ambitious goals of the Living Building Challenge; the world’s most strenuous performance standard for sustainability. Conceived by Denis Hayes and the Bullitt Foundation and developed by Point32, the center will generate its own electricity through a 244kw solar array, produce its own drinking water from rainwater capture, treat its own wastewater on site, and incorporate many other cutting-edge and environmentally-sound design and construction features.

To meet their aggressive performance requirements, this building incorporates a series of highly integrated controls, automation, and metering systems to provide critical real-time data to its tenants, operators, and the general public in order to track and meet the project’s net-zero goals.

The Climatec Axcess offering is used to track building energy, sustainability, and performance data in real time; allowing building owners, operators, and tenants to monitor progress against a series of aggressive energy and sustainability performance commitments. The Axcess offering will also provide Fault Detection and Diagnosis; a tool to identify and highlight operational inefficiency, resulting in Actionable Intelligence with which building operations personnel can maximize operating efficiency and meet or exceed building performance requirements.

More information on this prestigious award can be found here.

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Bullitt Center, a Climatec customer, recognized for greenest building.

The Bullitt Center opened its doors to the public for the first time after a ceremony that included speeches by government and community leaders.

Its innovative use of rainwater for most of its water needs, a solar roof that produces more energy than the building consumes and all kinds of other technological breakthroughs have many calling it the greenest building on earth.

Bullitt Foundation CEO Denis Hayes was honored for his involvement in this project and a lifetime of environmental activism.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed Earth Day 3013 as Denis Hayes day. Hayes helped create the first Earth Day in 1970.

The building has already spawned new technology from companies trying to produce building products to meet its rigid standards; no toxic materials anywhere on the campus.

by KING 5 News

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