Saddle River Schools, located in Upper Saddle River, NJ contracted
Metro Energy Solutions to act as its energy consultant. The
contract was part of the highly renowned Rebuild Bergen County
Energy Solutions was asked to improve the facility infrastructure and
reduce operating costs at (3) Upper Saddle River Schools (Bogert,
Reynolds and Cavallini).
Energy Solutions conducted an initial evaluation of the existing
electrical and mechanical
systems for each school. Based on the initial evaluation, Metro Energy Solutions
recommended replacing the existing lighting system with high
efficiency lighting and installing a building automation system.
Energy Solutions was responsible for preparing and administering bid
specifications, and managing the installation of the project. Metro
energy Solutions included in the bid package an add alternate price
option to install a drop ceiling in specified areas of the
schools to create uniformity. The new
lighting and building automation system is estimated to reduce the
school districtís energy
costs by over $32,000 per year, in addition to reducing its lighting
and boiler related maintenance costs. The project was installed with
the drop ceiling option, on
time and under budget by almost $40,000.
In addition, the project was financed
through the Bergen County Improvement Authority at 2.75%. The
bonds are backed by the County's Triple A bond rating.
Finally, Metro Energy Solutions applied
for and was able to capture on behalf of Upper Saddle River Schools
$27,000 in utility rebates through the NJ SmartStart Building Program.