Faced with continuing state education budget reductions and a slowing economy, McAllen ISD was experiencing an increasing failure rate of critical mechanical equipment that had reached the end of its useful life. This forward-thinking school district identified several resources and, when combined with an ESPC, will be able to repair or replace aged equipment and address significant deferred maintenance issues.
Ameresco’s ESPC was able to stretch McAllen ISD’s dollars into more than $16 million of infrastructure renewal. McAllen ISD is now able to make critical upgrades to its energy infrastructure and increase energy efficiency without bearing the burden of initial capital investment from taxpayers.
“Ameresco understood our sense of urgency and was able to work quickly with the District team on a transparent basis to address our critical needs,” said Mike Barrera, EdD, Assistant Superintendent of District Operations for McAllen ISD. “The performance contract concept and Ameresco’s expertise has allowed us to leverage resources, make improvements, and implement conservation measures otherwise not possible in these economic times.”
Using a variety of data from sources, such as site surveys and facility interviews, Ameresco identified 17 energy conservation measures to increase energy efficiency throughout McAllen ISD. A few of the upgrades and energy efficiency measures that Ameresco will begin to implement this month include the following:
“What the McAllen Independent School District will be able to accomplish through this contract is a testament to what a performance contract can do to stretch diminished budget dollars,” said B.N. Tripathi, PE, Vice President at Ameresco. “Whether a school district has received bonds, utility incentives or not, Ameresco can leverage these dollars with energy savings into greater upgrades of aging infrastructure