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Noble Local Schools receives lighting rebate

Posted July 5, 2018

In return for improving lighting efficiency across its campus, the Noble Local School District has received a $1,825 rebate from Washington Electric Cooperative.

The cooperative’s Commercial and Industrial Custom Lighting Rebate Program helps replace inefficient internal and external lighting at member business facilities. The program provides a rebate based upon the number of lamp watts reduced when replacing old lighting with new, energy-efficient lighting. To qualify, lighting at the facility must be used a minimum of 1,800 hours per year.

“One of the ways cooperatives are unique is that they’re not for profit,” said Washington Electric General Manager Jack Bragg. “This allows us an opportunity to work with our member-consumers and the communities we serve based on their needs, not the needs of distant investors. We’re happy to provide a program that promotes efficient energy use and also helps the school system and the people who support it.”

The school district partnered on this project with Energy Optimizers USA (EOU), an Ohio-based company that specializes in developing, engineering, and implementing energy efficiency and energy saving projects for educational, governmental, and commercial customers. The upgrades are expected to save the school district $1,495 per year, and EOU also provides a 10-year material warranty.

LEDs contain no mercury and have a smaller environmental impact than other types of bulbs. LED lighting also uses an average of 60 percent less energy and lasts five times longer than traditional lighting systems, which leads to lower long-term maintenance costs.

“Noble Local School District’s Board of Education and administrative team were very excited to partner with Washington Electric Cooperative and Energy Optimizers USA in upgrading our campus’ exterior lighting,” said Trenda Rice, Noble Local Schools treasurer. “This project provided us with the opportunity to simultaneously increase the safety of our students and staff and decrease our costs. We are also passionate about what the future holds as we continue this partnership. Current projects include upgrades to all interior lighting at Shenandoah High School and to the gymnasium at Shenandoah Middle School.”

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