Congratulations to the 2018 Top Energy Savers!
Butts Road Primary, Camelot Elementary, and Western Branch Primary
are the top three Energy Savers for 2018!
Congratulations for a job well done!
Pictured left to right: John Bailey-Director of School Plants, Camelot Elementary: Khadijah Alexander-Assistant Principal, Robert Sander-Principal, Western Branch Primary: Sonya Beasley-Principal, Latrina Baldwin-Assistant Principal,
Butts Road Primary: Brenda Hobbs-Principal
Four-Day Summer Work Weeks began in the summer of 2009. Modifying employee schedules in the summer allows an additional day for the buildings to be unoccupied resulting in energy savings throughout the school division.
School Plants Direct Digital Control Team (DDC) monitors each school’s HVAC system to determine if the equipment is being utilized to maximize its energy saving potential. In addition to monitoring buildings, the DDC team also evaluates energy data and makes adjustments to building scheduling and equipment use in order to maximize energy savings.
Utility Audits by an independent vendor provide third party review of all related expenditures. As a best practice CPS has utilized an independent audit to review utility accounts looking for savings in past and future billings. This has determined billing errors and secured refunds and credits as well as provide recommendations for rate schedules that will help reduce the school division’s overall energy costs.
|Western Branch High School Rooftop Solar Panels||Members of CPS Energy Team From left to right: Robert Scott, John Karatsikis, Casey Brooks, Joy Norfleet, Dr. John Bailey||Oscar Smith High School Auditorium LED Lighting Upgrade|
Dominion Solar Partnership – The largest rooftop solar energy system in Virginia was unveiled at Western Branch High School in April 2016. With more than 3000 solar panels, this system is capable of generating enough electricity at peak sunlight for about 200 homes. This project is part of Dominion’s Solar Partnership Program and the revenue generated will help fund energy-efficient projects. Western Branch High is also the first under this program to incorporate Dominion’s Solar Education Plan which will provide teachers with instructional materials and data from this facility allowing them to provide a hands-on learning environment that extends beyond the classroom. To learn more about the Dominion Solar Partnership Program follow the links below.
Wind Turbine – A Skystream 3.7 wind turbine was installed at Grassfield High School to help power the concession area at the football stadium. The students at the Governor’s STEM academy at Grassfield High were an integral part of the planning and construction which provided the opportunity for hands on wind energy education.