Energy upgrades planned for SAD 51 schools

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CUMBERLAND — A plan to spend $1.5 million on district-wide energy conservation projects could pay off in 12 years, School Administrative District 51 Superintendent Jeff Porter said.

The SAD 51 Board of Directors on Sept. 3 unanimously approved hiring Siemens Industry to do the work, and told Porter to seek proposals to finance as much as $1.52 million.

The projects could take place over three months during this school year, once financing has been determined. The School Board plans Sept. 15 to vote on how to finance the work, as well on converting district buildings to natural gas fuel.

The projects should reap an annual savings of nearly $121,000, with a total payback in 12 years, Porter said.