St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Inc. is Going Green & Stands to Save Over $40,000 Annually Through Energy Efficiency Program with Wind, Water and Energy Conservation
St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Inc., located in St. Petersburg, Florida, announced today that it is contracting with Wind, Water and Energy Conservation, located in St. Pete Beach, Florida, to implement a $268,000 comprehensive energy efficiency program, including solar hot water heating for SPCHS.
“The rising cost of utilities and the cost of maintaining aging equipment that consumes excess energy compelled us to look at upgrading our existing facility along with an increasing awareness of the importance of being stewards of God’s gift of creation,” said Fr. Michael Conway, SDB, President of St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Inc. “Not only are we taking advantage of more efficient equipment, we are using solar hot water heating to follow the Vatican’s lead on use of renewable energy. Also, WWEC will provide training on wind and solar energy for some science classes.”
Capital improvements totaling $268,000 will be made to the campus. The improvements will not only pay for themselves over the course of the 10-year energy efficiency program through annual utility cost savings of nearly $33,800, but they will also make possible approximately $10,000 in savings in operations and maintenance costs annually. The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg is providing financing for the project.
The Overmyer Family Charitable Foundation has made considerable contributions to the project by purchasing and donating equipment and organizing a volunteer installation effort. “As a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I feel that creating a sustainable future of Catholic education is essential for future generations,” stated John E. “Gene” Overmyer, President of OFCF.
“Wind, Water and Energy Conservation is proud to partner with St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Inc. to assist them in the reduction of water and energy usage and associated costs by 17%,” said Lisa Yacso Overmyer, Chief Operating Officer of WWEC.
The Energy Efficiency Program includes the replacement of nineteen inefficient air conditioners and furnaces with energy efficient 15 SEER heat pumps, installation of two solar domestic hot water systems for the school cafeteria and the priests’/brothers’ residence, installation of insulation above the classrooms in two buildings and at the priests’/brothers’ residence, replacement of lighting fixtures with energy efficient lighting, low-flow toilet installation, and controls for other domestic hot water heaters to limit their energy consumption when not in use. Installation began December 17 and will be completed by the end of January 2011.
About St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Inc.
St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Inc. was established in 1973 with the merging of Notre Dame Academy (founded 1957) and Bishop Barry High School (founded 1963). The school’s mission is to educate and inspire all students to be good Christians and honest citizens. As a diocesan school administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco, a religious order of priests and brothers headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, it strives to create a caring and safe environment that allows its students to grow spiritually, academically and socially. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.
About Wind, Water and Energy Conservation
Established in 2009, Wind, Water and Energy Conservation is led by a management team with over 50 years of Energy Services experience. As a small company, WWEC recognizes the needs of smaller niche markets. WWEC makes energy efficiency improvements affordable for smaller housing authorities and independent and parochial schools with no upfront capital investment through self-funding energy efficiency programs and energy performance contracts.