Samares School Board

Samares School Board

The Samares School Board is a leader in energy efficiency and sustainable development. Since 2006, Ecosystem and the Samares School Board have carried out an energy efficiency project in 80 buildings in four different phases. Annual savings have reached $1.7M, and greenhouse gas emissions have been cut by 4920 metric tons of CO2 per year.

The school board’s ambitious goals have been achieved: oil consumption was completely eliminated, natural gas consumption was reduced by 80%, and the building systems are now automated for optimal energy management.

  • 44%

    Energy Bill Reduction

  • 2006-2012

    Project Period

  • $17.9M


  • $1.7M

    Guaranteed Annual Savings

  • $3.1M

    Guaranteed Incentives


The Samares School Board emerged as a pioneering leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy by incorporating technologies and innovations that were leading edge. The thermal storage units and geothermal fields installed in 2006 were state-of-the-art technologies. Aerothermal energy solutions were also incorporated in the project—to draw free energy from the outside air—which was relatively uncommon at the time. One of the schools even generates energy with a wind turbine, a measure which is still rare today. Contrary to most buildings, the indoor temperature in the schools is adjusted based on weather forecasts rather than the real outside temperature.


2015 AEE Institutional Energy Management Award

2007 AQME Énergia Award

Customized Performance Measures

Geothermal energy

Installation of a new geothermal heat pump that transfers heat from the ground to the building during the heating season, and rejects the building’s excess heat into the ground during the cooling season.

Heat Recovery

Installation of a system that recovers heat generated by electromechanical equipment. This energy that would otherwise be lost is now redirected to the heating system.

Thermal Storage Units

Installation of equipment that stores heat during off-peak hours, when there is less demand and energy prices are lower. The stored heat is used by the heating system during peak hours when demand is high and energy is more expensive. Thermal storage units can provide significant savings on electricity costs by taking advantage of off-peak rates.