Glendale Unified looks to make energy upgrades

Glendale school officials will spend $1.1 million updating three sites in the district that consume the most electricity.

The district will spend state funds made available to them through the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, which gives K-12 schools and community colleges grants to make energy upgrades.

In previous energy audits, school officials have found that the high schools use the most energy.

With the upcoming upgrades, Hoover High will receive a new boiler and retrofitted chiller and Glendale High will receive a new chiller — the largest components tied to those schools’ heating-and-air conditioning systems.

The cost to upgrade the two systems will total about $815,700.

“We expect to get quite a savings back on long-term energy consumption,” said Alan Reising, a Glendale Unified administrator in facilities planning.

District officials forecast a $42,500 annual savings in energy costs at Hoover High and $74,000 at Glendale High.

Officials will also spend $268,000 to replace fluorescent lights with LED lighting on all seven floors of the district’s administration building, which was previously passed up for any upgrades with prior Measure K dollars.

The lighting upgrades could give the district an annual savings of $49,000 in energy costs.

Officials are in the process of prioritizing the kinds of projects they would take on next with an expected $4 million more in state funds.

“We’re looking for the larger, tangible projects — the ones that give us a good, heavy savings back,” Reising said.


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