Energy Project Fuels Big Savings

Trane presents check for more than $100,000 to School Board


Kansas City, Dec. 21, 2017: Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, presented a check for $116,718 to Kansas City Public Schools for an energy savings project that resulted in annual savings of nearly 32 percent in utility costs.

Chad Remboldt, education consultant for Trane, and Mark Rawson, construction project manager for Trane, gave the check to Superintendent Mark Bedell and Board of Directors Treasurer Matthew Oates during the School Board’s business meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

In 2015, the school system began to invest approximately $30 million in a comprehensive energy performance contract with KCP&L and Trane, according to KCPS Energy and Sustainability Manager D. Jensen Adams. The contract funded a wide range of improvements across KCPS, including upgraded lights, water systems, climate controls, HVAC systems, energy management software and preventative maintenance in 37 buildings.

As a result of this work, KCPS is saving about 12.7 gigawatt hours of electricity, 63,000 CCF of natural gas, 15 million gallons of water and $2 million in energy costs annually. The investment will essentially pay for itself over the life of the energy performance contract, according to Adams.

“The savings are staggering,” Adams said. “And these improvements are very robust because they are focused on infrastructure, plus preventative and long-term upgrades.”

The energy efficiency upgrades resulted in a savings of nearly 32 percent in utility costs and $1.3 million in rebates from Kansas City Power & Light. Additionally, the upgrades have drastically improved the comfort and humidity control which provides a better educational environment for the students and teachers.

This past September, Trane applied for the 179D Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction and worked closely with the local team to become qualified, inspected, and approved. Trane is passing the savings on to the local team in the amount of more than $100,000.