BEST Partner Secures $500m Deal
With USA Schools District | A Case Study

Brief Overview

BEST partner Minimise USA provide an interesting and rapidly evolving case study. The project fee is obviously striking, but perhaps even more impressive is the model being offered to the client – a US schools district – to make it happen.

This BEST partner saved 7-Eleven 2.7 million kWh of energy

Hillsborough County Schools District is one of the largest of its kind in the USA. Square footage wise, the size of Rhode Island. So their energy bill is correspondingly massive. Without a budget to invest in energy-saving solutions, how could they hope to reduce these costs?

Working with BEST’s leading technology ‘Eniscope’, Minimise USA have found a way. They’ve managed to save the client $8m per year – money which can be put back into the school system to benefit the kids.

Watch this video to get a feel for the project and how those savings have been made, verified and sustained with Eniscope.
For the client, there are a number of attractive features to that model. They have no capital expenditure, at all. They don’t have to handle maintenance for the new technologies. And, perhaps best of all, Minimise actually pay them up-front a portion of the projected energy savings at each stage.

How Does It Work?

The Project

To date, this is the single biggest energy project secured by a BEST partner. It is a remarkable achievement, and one that has Eniscope at its heart.

The project involves several phases of LED lighting installations, providing substantial energy bill gains – as well as much improved quality of light for the students inside. At the time of writing, this stretches to 40,000 new lights across the School District, with many more in the pipeline. And remember, at absolutely no cost to the client.

The Role of Eniscope

Eniscope’s first role is at the start of the project, before anything has been installed. Using accurate, itemised, real-time data from the Eniscope platform, an energy consumption benchmark is set. The data is so reliable, that this figure is implicitly relied upon by all parties of the agreement; the district, the BEST partner and the financier.

Once the project is underway, the Eniscope devices remain in place – providing a constant flow of real-time data on energy consumption. That helps the client identify and verify new ways to save energy over the length of the contract, and even helps with preventative maintenance; the Eniscope’s alarms are used to identify faulty equipment remotely and guide engineer visits.

The Results

By current projections, Hillsborough Schools District stand to save around $8 million per year on their electricity budget. And with more new measures in the pipeline, still at no cost to the client, this could still grow considerably.

Naturally, more schools districts in the USA are acutely interested in this model and negotiations are underway to roll this out deeper into the country.

The Proof of Concept

Jesper and the team installed Eniscope at four locations considered ‘typical’ of the full portfolio.

26,500 kilowatt hours saved
8,480kg of carbon dioxide saved
13% energy and cost savings
Payback period of 19 months
The raw results

In terms of raw figures, the full rollout equates (so far) to some incredible savings.

12% average cost saving
864 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved
2.7m kilowatt hours saved
Following such a considerable success, Reitan are now looking at similar projects for 7-Eleven stores in Sweden and Norway.

Looking to the future