Blair Community Schools Embarks on Capital Recovery and Reinvestment Program with Schneider Electric

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Facility improvement project will update aging equipment and create a more comfortable learning environment.

Blair Community Schools today announced it is embarking on a comprehensive energy efficiency project that will modernize its facilities and improve the learning environment for its students. The district will partner with Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, on an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to update building systems across five schools in the district. The $4.6 million infrastructure improvement project is being funded through the $10.5 million bond issue voters approved in November 2016.

“We are extremely grateful to our local community for supporting the bond issue and excited to start construction on the first project that will dramatically improve our school system and create an environment that fosters student success,” said Rex Pfeil, superintendent, Blair Community Schools. “Our partnership with Schneider Electric will allow us to use the funding provided by the bond in a smart and strategic way to extend the useful life of our facilities and provide a comfortable and safe instructional environment for generations to come.”

Through the ESPC, the district will be able to address a number of deferred maintenance projects it previously couldn’t afford to undertake. The project will encompass a variety of energy efficiency upgrades to mechanical heating and cooling systems approaching the end of their useful life and will help the district reduce its annual operating costs while also creating more efficient and comfortable classrooms.

A majority of the construction will take place in summer 2017, with minimal impact on students, faculty and staff.

“School districts today are challenged to fund upgrades to antiquated facilities and equipment not suited to meet the needs of today’s students. Our partnership with Blair Schools enables them to modernize infrastructure through replacement of equipment well past its useful life and create efficient operations for years to come,” said Peter Hinkle, manager, Energy and Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric. “We are proud to help Blair Community Schools upgrade their learning environments and make the most of the bond issue the community generously supported.”

Over the past 23 years, Schneider Electric has successfully implemented more than 625 ESPC projects across the nation, saving its clients nearly $1.6 billion. This project delivery method helps publicly funded entities make capital improvements and offers many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management and environmental protection.

For more information on how Schneider Electric helps K-12 schools tackle energy efficiency, please visit or contact your local Schneider Electric representative.


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Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of $26 billion US dollars (25 billion euros) in FY2016, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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