The English Montreal School Board has begun its second major initiative aimed at bolstering energy efficiency in school buildings. This $24.6 million project with energy efficiency experts Énergère will initially focus on 17 specific schools and centers.
This new project with Énergère includes, among other measures, equipment renewal and modernization using aerothermal technology, replacing 25,300 lights and the addition of automated controls to enhance the comfort of staff and students. Once the project is completed, the 17 buildings will achieve a 53 percent reduction in energy consumption and 74 percent or 4,070 tons of CO2 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to removing more than 1 270 cars from the road.
All lighting fixtures will be converted from fluorescent to the latest in LED technology, which will save energy, last longer, and simplify maintenance while maintaining or enhancing lighting levels. This measure alone will account for $9 million of the budget. Savings are projected to amount to more than $1.17 million per year once all measures are in place. The initial investment is expected to be covered in 14 years, taking into account $9.9 million in grants from Hydro-Québec, Gaz Métro, Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques (BEIÉ) and the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS). It is a win-win, turnkey project that fits well with the objectives of the EMSB Green Plan and will benefit the community at large.
Énergère and the EMSB have also announced a partnership with Jour de la Terre Québec. Jour De la Terre Québec director Pierre Lussier attended the press conference and elaborated upon plans for members of his organization to conduct workshops at schools during the week of Earth Day, which is April 22. They will make presentations on energy efficiency and offer solutions to help protect the environment.
Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change David Heurtel, the MNA for the riding of Viau, attended the press conference and applauded the initiative.