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Governor de Jongh Discusses Continued Work on Energy Efficient Retrofits at Public Schools and Education Facilities 
Posted by Jean P. Greaux, Jr. on March 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM AST

On Thursday, Governor de Jongh with the principals of Energy Systems Group, ESG, the company awarded a multi-million dollar energy savings performance contract to implement energy efficiency building retrofits at public schools in the two island districts.

Joining the governor at the Government House meeting were Greg Collins, President of ESG; Doug Tischbein, Corporate Director of Business Development; Chris Summers, Regional Director of ESG’s Caribbean Business Unit and V.I. Energy Office Director Karl Knight.

Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. and VI Energy Office Director Karl Knight met with officials of Energy Systems Group at Government House Thursday. To the governor's right is ESG Corporate Director of Business Development Doug Tischbein; ESG Regional Director of the Caribbean Business Unit Chris Summers and ESG President Greg Collins.

“Mr. Collins and his team were in the Virgin Islands to discuss commencement of the second phase of the energy savings program which will retrofit 34 public schools and other facilities operated by the Virgin Islands Department of Education and how this is achieved to ensure the greatest involvement of local workers,” the governor said. “This initiative is primarily a vehicle to lower our energy costs and ensure that a continuing maintenance program is put in place. It is also a jobs program to ensure that we provide employment and a boost to the local economy all while we focus on minimizing the leakage out of the economy. I am pleased that ESG is a willing partner to ensure this is achieved.” 

The $10.8 million contract and resulting retrofits will primarily consist of water and electricity conservation measures. “The project is expected to generate approximately $2.9 million in local spending and tax revenues,” he added. 

The Department of Education will realize at least $1,694,429 in annual savings for the 10 years following the project’s completion as part of the contract’s performance guarantee. 

The governor explained that this project is a continuation of the work previously done by Energy Systems Group on 11 public schools as one of the programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Based on the measurement and verification conducted on the first phase of the program, the department has achieved approximately $1.7 million in savings during the first 12 months of operation. 

Construction on the latest phase of the project is expected to begin in May and will take approximately 14 months to complete.