With over 15,000 students attending annually, Sachem is one of the largest suburban school districts in New York State. In 2007, the district administrators turned to Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) to help accomplish commissioning needs and energy saving upgrades. The result was a project that brought over $16 million worth of energy-related capital improvements to the district with zero taxpayer impact.
Through this project, Sachem was the first district on Long Island to generate wind energy. Other renewables installed include 5 KW arrays on six buildings. In year one, the Phase II EPC with ECG saved 4.5 million in annual KWH, 13,348 annually in MMBTU natural gas, and over 2,600 in MMBTU oil – the equivalent environmental impact of over 1,308 acres of planted trees, 495,268 gallons of gasoline and 10,115 barrels of oil. Emission reductions in one year included 9.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide and 16.0 metric tons of sulfur dioxide.