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

modern drawing of tree trunk with green leaves arranged in a circle



  Lighting – School Plants has begun the systematic removal of T-12 lighting replacing it with updated LED lighting fixtures.

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.

Solar Panels on a roof top Robert Scott-Supervisor of School Plants, John Karatsikis-Sustainability and Conservation Technician, Casey Brooks-Environmental Specialist, Joy Norfleet-Energy Program Secretary, and Dr. John Bailey-Director of School Plants Oscar Smith High School Auditorium showing ceiling with new LED lighting
 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



Demand Response – Chesapeake Public Schools continues to participate in an energy curtailment program called Demand Response. Through this program revenue is generated for the school division that enhances monitoring of equipment through the addition of real time electric metering. The data collected provides our energy team with an additional tool to assist in reducing energy usage.

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.

Dominion Solar Partnership

WBH Solar Panel Live Feed

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.