Orangefield ISD rewarded for energy efficiency

Published 3:13 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ORANGEFIELD — Orangefield ISD was awarded a $15,298 cash incentive from the Entergy Texas SCORE Program for lighting upgrades.

The SCORE Program helps organizations save energy and money by providing no-cost facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on energy savings. Orangefield ISD was able to streamline their LED lighting upgrade by partnering with Graybar Electric, an enrolled participating contractor in the Entergy Solutions Program.

Orangefield ISD Superintendent Stephen Patterson said, “The program staff’s technical expertise guided us throughout the process, ensuring that we achieved maximum energy savings and all equipment functioned correctly.”

The high-efficiency lighting will save 331,891 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, equal to eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions from 25,751 gallons of gasoline, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations. “We’re proud to serve as an energy-efficient role model in the community. In addition to the cash incentives from Entergy, these more efficient lighting fixtures will result in a monthly electrical savings. This savings can be plugged back into classrooms to address student needs. This project is a win for students, staff, and taxpayers.” Patterson said.

“We provide a needed service through the implementation of practical changes that result in annual savings year after year. That way, our customers can spend the money saved through the program where their district needs it most,” said Phillip Lanier, Entergy Texas energy efficiency program administrator.