Harish Raisinghani

Students hold energy key

British Columbia’s largest school district has announced a partnership with energy intelligence provider Pulse Energy.

The relationship will assist the Surrey school district in meeting its goal of a 10-million kWh reduction in energy use over the next five years and provide Surrey schools with a new tool to educate the next generation of energy consumers and conservation leaders.

Energy managers and administrators at 28 district sites will use PulseTM energy management software to collect, analyze and communicate real-time building energy use data as part of a plan to reduce energy consumption district-wide.

Students also benefit from the partnership. The PulseTM software application, delivered via the web, allows students to gain a deeper understanding of how their schools consume energy and how their actions can reduce energy consumption.

Using the PulseTM dashboard and energy competition application, students will be able to take action to save energy and see how they can affect building energy consumption.

“We’re excited to have a new tool that will help the district meet significant energy-use reduction targets set by our Board of Education,” said Alasdair McKinnon, director of energy management and sustainability at the Surrey School District. “Using PulseTM, Surrey students and staff will also learn about building energy use and how they can help our buildings operate more efficiently, while at the same time learning how to be more responsible energy consumers themselves.”

With strong support from BC Hydro, the Surrey school district joins other leading organizations using PulseTM energy management software through the utility’s energy conservation program.

“The Surrey school district is leading the country in progressive change and rapid growth. Making this commitment to roll out energy management software across their portfolio demonstrates a true commitment to leadership in energy management and financial stewardship,” said David Helliwell, Pulse Energy co-founder and CEO. “We are excited to work with an organization that is committed to bringing energy intelligence to the future leaders of British Columbia.”

Harish Raisinghani, a graduate of Surrey’s Queen Elizabeth Secondary and now the engineering team leader at Pulse Energy is part of the group building the relationship between the Surrey school district and Vancouver-based Pulse Energy.

“It’s great to be working with my former high school principal on an initiative that will engage students in energy conservation,” said Raisinghani. “We’re planning energy-savings competitions using our software that will challenge students to consume less energy and foster a responsible approach to energy consumption,”

­­­To learn more about how Surrey School District will be using PulseTM to save energy and educate the next generation of energy conservation leaders, visit www.PulseEnergy.com

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