Woodland Park School District RE-2 has completed the first year of an energy-efficiency program with OpTerra Energy Services under a program that will save nearly $4 million in energy costs over the lifetime of the project.
The program started in 2013, with $2 million in upgrades that will be repaid through the the energy-efficiency savings.
Improvements in heating and ventilation systems, interior and exterior lighting, and building automation systems have been made.
The district also upgraded auditorium lighting, retrofit a walk-in cooler at Summit Elementary and replaced the high school's domestic hot water system at no additional funding.
In addition to operational cost savings, the district will have lower natural gas bills and reduced consumption as the result of a re-negotiated contract and water-efficiency measures.
The project is expected to save 1.2 million kilowatts of electricity and 1.7 million gallons of water annually.
"The OpTerra team worked tirelessly to collaborate with our team on site, and a viable program was designed, developed and completed on time and under budget," said RE-2 director of business services Brian Gustafson, in a statement.