The Lansing School District has been trying to save energy dollars by contracting with a developer to generate solar energy since 2013. At first it appeared the District could save $1,055,067 over the course of a 20 year contract. But over time the attempt has hit many speed bumps, including a change to the contract that would have halved the savings and raised the time frame to 25 years. Consultant Chris Chris Santospirito told the Board of Education Monday that she had planned to tell them why the project was dead. But a last minute offer from the developer may breathe life into the project.
"We were going to say we're done! We're walking away. And then they came back and said 'we can tweak this a little bit more. We think we can make this work a little bit better.' This bumps up the savings to about $550,000. Instead of $17,000 savings a year it's more like $20,000 to $26,000 depending on the year you're in."