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Going Green and Earning Green: Lancaster ISD Receives Rebate From ONCOR

Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster ISD

On Monday night at the Lancaster ISD School Board Meeting, Kenneth Govan, Area Manager of Customer Operations for Oncor, presented the district trustees and superintendent with a check for $33,952.45. The district received the funds as a rebate incentive for participating in Oncor’s Educational Facilities Program. This program provides viable energy efficiency and demand side reduction solutions for private and public schools K-12, charter schools, colleges and universities. Through this program, Oncor provides incentives directly to facilities that implement energy saving projects.

Lancaster ISD Assistant Director of Maintenance Greg Buchanan, who is also the secretary for the DFW Chapter of the Texas Energy Manager’s Association, applied for the rebate.

“Through the air conditioning and lighting replacement projects at West Main and Pleasant Run elementary schools, a portion of the scope of work was eligible for the Educational Facilities Program,” Buchanan said.
 
In addition to earning the district the rebate, the upgrades will save Lancaster ISD about $14,000 a year in electricity costs.

“Programs like these encourage school districts to be more energy efficient,” Govan said. “The energy efficiency upgrades at these two campuses will reduce emissions by 169 metric tons carbon dioxide and that is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions for 35 passenger vehicles and the CO2 emissions from electricity used in 23 homes for one year. It’s also equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling 63 tons of waste instead of sending it to a landfill.”
 
According to a US Department of Energy study, the average school can save 30% on its energy bills through energy efficiency measures, freeing up funds for educational resources. In addition, energy efficient schools have improved lighting, increased comfort, superior acoustics, and better air quality, all of which are conducive to learning.

The Lancaster Public Schools serve more than 6,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. The mission of the Lancaster Independent School District, a leader in providing innovative, quality programs, is to educate every student with the knowledge; skills; and principles to succeed and contribute in a competitive and technologically advancing world by providing rigorous and engaging learning opportunities that promote diversity; create an environment of integrity and respect; and establish a commitment to continued improvement in partnership with families and community.
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