N.S. District energy update
project nears completion
By Linda Petersen
Dec. 7, 2017
MT. PLEASANT—North Sanpete School District’s energy update project is on track for completion this month, Superintendent Sam Ray reported to the school board at their Nov. 21 meeting.
Ray said the lighting retrofits and boiler replacements are almost complete. New boilers have been installed at Spring City Elementary, North Sanpete High School and North Sanpete Middle School and are all producing heat. Final work on the control units is being completed.
Overall, installation of air handling units at the various schools is 86-percent complete, which is significantly ahead of schedule.
At North Sanpete Middle, the solar units are all installed and producing electricity when turned on. For completion, a special grounding system needs to be installed, and the system needs approval by a third-party inspector, Ray said.
Currently work crews are testing the systems and completing some minor finish work throughout the project, he said.
“We’re making a lot of progress, and they will have it wrapped up by Christmas,” Ray said of the project.
A ribbon cutting for the solar array will be held at North Sanpete Middle School on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. in conjunction with a student design show that evening.
The district is also sponsoring an art contest for students at the school to design a sign which will be placed along the highway to the north of the school.
The sign will advertise the energy project and Rocky Mountain Power’s $576,000 grant to the school district. The sign will incorporate the work of the winning entrant, and this same winner will receive a $100 prize. Specific details of the contest are still being worked out.
Ray and representatives from Siemens and the Governor’s Energy Office will be presenting information on the project at the Utah School Boards Association conference on Jan. 6.
While several Utah cities and universities have taken advantage of projects like this, most school districts have not, Ray said.
“This is an opportunity to try to share with them what’s available, what’s out there,” he said. He added he wants to share “that the governor’s office is available, that there’s contractors out there that do this kind of work—so the other districts can have the same kind of opportunities that we’ve had.”