"The school building authority was promoting that in order to do the upgrades on the HVAC system in the middle school was to team it with some performance contracting in the sense of lighting in the school," Ross said.
Ross explained that over time the HVAC system and new lighting fixtures will save enough money and energy that the county will receive rebates and that will pay for the upgrades.
Ross said one of the best things about trying to become more energy efficient is the affect it has on students.
"I believe that's as important as anything. Students see that and realize renewable energy by the time they come my age, what they have and what is going to be used and what's going to be needed," Ross said.
The HVAC system will be ready before students start school on Thursday, August 15.