Colorado School Installs Geoexchange
Irving Elementary School held to a ribbon-cutting ceremony by students and community members in Pueblo, Colorado, on December 1. The school features a geothermal heating and cooling system, called geoexchange, which reduces utility costs by 20% compared to a conventional system.
The geoexchange was financed, in part, through collaboration between Rebuild Colorado — a program of the Colorado Governor's Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) — and the Pueblo 60 School District that manages Irving Elementary. OEMC and Pueblo 60 Schools obtained $65,000 grant from the StEPP Foundation in Golden, Colorado, for using alternative energy technologies at Irving. StEPP is a nonprofit organization that matches projects seeking funding with sources of funds across the country. Pueblo 60 used this grant and its own investment to leverage more than $6 million in interest-free bonds to increase the energy efficiency of the 39 schools in its district.
According to OEMC, Irving Elementary is the tenth geoexchange installation in a government facility in Colorado; Rebuild Colorado lists the projects (PDF 87 KB).