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Monday, June 18, 2007

Texas School District Signs Contract with TAC

The Board of Trustees of the Crockett Independent School District in Crockett, Texas has signed a performance contract with TAC for more than $700,000 in facility upgrades. The project will improve building operations, comfort and security while enabling the district to better control energy costs. TAC guarantees the work will reduce the district’s utility costs by $1.15 million over 15 years.

For details on this project, see the release below. For more information or to obtain a related photo, contact Keith Hobbs at khobbs@mbapr.com or 214-521-8596

Texas School District Signs Contract For $700,000 in Facility Upgrades

TAC to Install Energy and Water Saving Measures Guaranteed To Reduce Utility Costs by $1.15 Million over 15 Years

DALLAS – June 18, 2007 – The Board of Trustees of the Crockett Independent School District (CISD) in Crockett, Texas has signed a performance contract with TAC for more than $700,000 in facility upgrades to improve building operations, comfort and security while enabling the district to better control utility costs. TAC, a world leader in building automation, security and energy solutions, will install the enhancements at the district’s three schools.

TAC guarantees that the CISD will save a minimum of $76,500 annually in utility costs as a result of the energy efficiency projects. This will result in at least $1.15 million in utility savings over the next 15 years. In addition, the district will qualify for a onetime utility rebate of almost $10,000 from the local electric company.

Among the problems faced by CISD that TAC will address are increasing utility costs, outdated and ineffective building automation equipment, poor lighting, inadequate security at the high school, and high water costs, especially for irrigating the district’s athletic fields.

“Having just passed a bond to build a new school, we felt it was important to also make improvements to our existing facilities,” said John Walker, business manager, CISD. “With no bond money allocated, however, we had to find a financially responsible solution to upgrade our aging campuses without the need for taxpayer support. Contracting with TAC allows the district to use existing funds already being spent on utilities and redirect them toward capital needs. As time goes on, the additional savings created can be used for other general fund items.”

Energy and water saving improvements TAC will complete for the CISD include implementing a centralized energy management system (EMS) using direct digital controls to operate systems such as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and installing energy efficient lighting. TAC will also excavate an irrigation well for watering the athletic fields. With a dedicated well, maintaining the fields will not interfere with the local water supply or cause the district to pay a premium for high water usage.

Finally, TAC will install a new surveillance system at the high school that will allow administrators to see what is happening around campus at any given time throughout the day or night. This is intended to deter vandalism and enable administrators to identify perpetrators.

To enable the district to achieve continued savings, TAC will provide staff training on operating and maintaining the EMS. In addition, ongoing utility tracking by TAC called Performance Assurance Support Services (PASS) will show CISD administrators how much utility costs have dropped on a monthly basis.

“Students, faculty and other staff at the CISD will enjoy a better learning and working environment as a result of these facility updates,” said Wes McDaniel, vice president of TAC Energy Solutions. “This is especially true for the high school where the new EMS will allow the facility staff to have control of the indoor environment and to optimize comfort and efficiency.”

As part of the performance contract, TAC guarantees that the CISD will save at least $76,500 annually on utilities, or TAC will pay the difference.

About TAC
TAC is a leading provider of building automation solutions based on Open Integrated Systems for Building IT. TAC's mission is to provide added value through building environment services for indoor climate, security and use of energy, delivered with advanced technology to end users and property owners throughout the world. With over 80 years of experience in the HVAC, building automation and security arenas, TAC employs more than 5,000 people worldwide, with partners and branches in 80 countries. TAC's parent company, Schneider Electric, is the world leader in automation and electricity management, with 112,000 employees worldwide and operations in 190 countries.
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For more information, contact:
Jeannie H. Birdwell
Communications Manager
TAC
(972) 323-5518
(214) 725-6158 (mobile)
jeannie.birdwell@tac.com