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County schools saving energy, cash with Johnson Controls, Howard’s

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Johnson Controls will improve critical equipment, systems and infrastructure in Jones County School District’s three high schools – Northeast Jones High, South Jones High and West Jones High. The company’s Performance Infrastructure leaders and school district leaders partnered to assess and prioritize improvements, including upgrading existing lighting with custom LED solutions provided by Howard Industries, and by replacing outdated energy management control systems. The projects are enabled by a $2.79 million energy savings performance contract with Johnson Controls.

 “Jones County School District’s top priority is providing its students with the best education and learning environment possible,” said Brad Mason, account executive with Johnson Controls. “Through this partnership, we’re pleased to help the district further this mission and enable improvements for years to come, and having a local, established partner like Howard Industries makes this project even more important to the county’s economy.”

 For many years, Jones County School District has faced aging infrastructure and equipment throughout its facilities. Through this project with Johnson Controls, the district will be able to transform the environment, operation and energy efficiency of the facilities, leveraging the guaranteed energy savings to fund the improvements. The school district is guaranteed $300,364 in savings for the first year and more than $4.2 million in savings over the life of the 12-year project.

 “Johnson Controls ability to provide systems integration, implementation, maintenance and training, and to stay within our projected budget was the big factor in the district and the board’s decision to embark on this project,” said Tommy Parker, Jones County School District superintendent. “This will be an asset not only to our teachers and staff, but also, more importantly, to our students; and the fact that Johnson Controls was able to partner with Howard Industries right here in Ellisville makes this project even more special.”

 Energy usage data will be reported to the Mississippi Development Authority’s Energy and Natural Resources Division on a semi-annual basis.

 For more than 30 years, Johnson Controls has implemented more than 3,000 ESPC projects throughout the nation and has helped clients save billions in utility costs. This project delivery method helps publicly funded entities make capital improvements over longer payback periods and offers many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort, financial management and environmental protection.

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