$90,000 in incentives from Kentucky Power goes to Ashland school system
ASHLAND, Ky., May 18, 2015 – Ashland Independent School District on Monday received nearly $90,000 in incentives from Kentucky Power after implementing energy-saving projects at multiple schools.
The school district earned the financial incentives through Kentucky Power’s Commercial Incentive program after completing seven energy efficiency projects in 2014. Ashland Independent Schools also was credited for additional projects in 2015 and for its long-term strategy to reduce energy use. Kentucky Power presented the school district with a check at its May board meeting.
“Kentucky Power has been a good partner to the Ashland Independent Schools for many years, both in providing services to our schools but also having many employees who volunteer in many ways to assist in our academic and athletic programs,” said Ashland Independent School Superintendent Steve Gilmore. “Kentucky Power has offered positive programs to ensure the most efficient use of our electric service and this most generous check is greatly appreciated in recognizing our commitment to the implementation of cost saving measures in every school facility in our district.”
The school district collaborated with contractors and vendors to install high efficiency lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment. The bulk of the incentives – about $53,000 – were earned for an HVAC upgrade at Paul G. Blazer High School. By implementing these projects, estimates project that the school district can reduce its annual electricity use by up to 1 million kilowatt hours. That is enough electricity to power some 60 homes a year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Providing programs that encourage investment in energy efficiency is one way we can help our customers save money and energy,” said E.J. Clayton, Kentucky Power’s energy efficiency and consumer programs manager. “For school districts like Ashland Independent, less money spent on electricity can provide opportunities for investment in programs benefiting students and teachers.”
The Kentucky Power Commercial Incentive Program has assisted commercial customers in making the switch to energy-efficient technologies by offering information and recommendations, as well as incentives for installing energy efficiency upgrades. Since 2012, about 400 commercial customers have participated in the Commercial Incentive Program, reducing their energy consumption by millions of kilowatts a year.
For more information on Kentucky Power’s Commercial Incentive Program and other energy efficiency information, visit www.kentuckypower.com, or call 1-855-878-6207.
Kentucky Power, a unit of the AEP system with headquarters in Frankfort, Ky., provides service to approximately 172,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties.
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