[Left] Superintendent Merri Rieger and School Board president Lynn Desmarais accept a $52,668 energy-conservation savings check from Seattle City Light.
[Right] Superintendent Merri Rieger and School Board president Lynn Desmarais accept a $49,528 energy-conservation savings check from Ameresco.
October 2, 2013 — Renton School Board members were recently presented two checks totaling more than $102,000 from Seattle City Light and local energy services company Ameresco for energy improvements at the Secondary Learning Center and exterior LED lighting upgrades at schools and facilities across the district.
Energy incentive programs are offered by utility companies to promote energy conservation by encouraging customers to design and install energy efficient lighting, and make building improvements, heating and cooling upgrades, and energy management system improvements. The incentive payments cover a portion of the costs associated with energy conservation projects.
Seattle City Light presented the district with a $52,668 incentive check for energy management system enhancements at the Secondary Learning Center. The improvements provide the ability to better control lighting and mechanical systems, resulting in cost savings from lower energy consumption and lower maintenance and operating costs.
Ameresco presented the district with a $49,528 incentive check for the exterior LED lighting-replacement project. Primary funding for the project was provided by voters in the 2008 school construction bond, along with an energy grant from the state's education office. The LED lighting project is estimated to save the district over $21,000 per year in reduced energy consumption, and significant maintenance savings due to the projected 100,000 hour life of the exterior LED fixtures.
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