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Perrysburg Schools getting $4 million energy upgrade

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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Perrysburg school district found a way to upgrade its entire energy system without asking residents to approve a levy to pay for them.

The upgrade will cost $4 million, but it won't cost taxpayers anything. Ohio House Bill 264 allows school districts to borrow money from a bank to make improvements. The district is taking out a $4 million loan, to be paid back over a 15-year period.

"The payment for that will be made from the energy savings we will realize," explained Aura Norris, from the district's Human Resources and Operations department.

The district expects to save $300,000 annually on energy costs.

"The company that is doing the project is guaranteeing that our savings will be that much," Norris said. "If they're not, they'll write us a check."

All the indoor and outdoor lighting will be replaced. Some will include on/off sensors. A new water conservation system will be installed for drinking fountains and toilets, and in the cafeteria, new kitchen hoods will be installed and moderated by temperature.

"The big thing is an emergency management system, which will enable our heating and air conditioning system to be regulated by computers," Norris said.

The upgrades begin this month and will be finished in 6-9 months.

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