By David Forrester
In September 2008, the Baldwin Community Schools elected to proceed with a guaranteed Energy Performance Contract to achieve needed improvements for the District without having to seek funding from the community. Energy Performance Contracting allows districts to make improvements and pay for those improvements with the savings created by the energy efficient upgrades and replacements. As equipment and facilities age they become less efficient and less productive, due to extended use and new energy efficient advances. When energy efficient equipment is installed the energy consumption of the District decreases and results in savings. This allows the school district to spend fewer dollars on building upgrades and direct more of its resources to the classroom.