Company sheds light on Columbiana proposal

COLUMBIANA — Switching to all LED lighting in the Columbiana School District could save the district money over the next 15 years.

The board of education heard from Joe Sturm of Enertech Electrical about what the company can provide during the Tuesday meeting.

The company is proposing a 15-year agreement that Sturm said would have zero capital expense for the district and a fixed cost during that time.

Enertech has been a full service electrical contractor since 1981 and Sturm said the company has only recently started promoting the LED program for Future Energy Solutions in school districts within the last few months.

Since then the company has already completed work for the entire Lowellville Local Schools campus in Ohio and area Catholic diocese schools, as well as a few schools in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Sturm said.

Additional LED lighting projects are also being done for Covelli Enterprises, Dearing Compressor and Austintown Township, he added.

He said the district would have no up-front cost and that everything would be installed and maintained by Enertech, which offers a 15-year unlimited maintenance warranty for all parts installed. The warranty covers both products and labor.

“If we are able to create savings we get 75 percent, you maintain 25 percent, which goes back into your budget,” he explained.

Using the high school as an example, he said the district is currently spending about $1,600 a month to operate the lights alone.

The LED project could reduce that cost to $531 per month, resulting in a savings of $1,069. That savings for the high school building would then be split, with $801 going back to Enertech and the district getting the remaining $268 each month.

Sturm said the monthly payment to Enertech would not change during the 15 years.

“Once the project is 100 percent complete and Superintendent Don Mook signs off on it, that money is set in stone, it never goes up, never goes down,” he said.

Should the board decide to go with Enertech, a contract would need to be in place for each building, and each building would have its own payment and savings, he said.

If, at the end of the 15 years the district decides it doesn’t want to continue, it would only have a $1 per building buyout.

If the board agrees to move forward, installation of the LED lighting would take about 30 days per building, Sturm said.

The board didn’t make any decisions Tuesday evening.