HSSD Receives $201,000 in Energy Incentives

HSSD Receives $201,000 in Energy Incentives
Posted on 11/29/2018
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Hot Springs School District has received close to $201,000 in energy efficiency incentives from Entergy Arkansas, saving approximately 1.6 million kWh of electricity – enough to power 128 homes for a yearthrough the CitySmart℠ Program. This was accomplished by strategically replacing  approximately 8,300 lighting fixtures associated with lamps and ballasts with state of the art LED lighting. The cost savings at HSSD will allow the district to more efficiently use staff time and district funds to ensure that we sustain the safest, most state-of-the-art facilities possible for students.


“Upgrades like this not only improve the aesthetics of our campus, they also make our staff more efficient in how we use our time and maintenance funds. We work diligently to find ways to partner with organizations like Entergy who have the best interest in mind for schools and other public facilities,” says HSSD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus. “We deeply appreciate and applaud their efforts to offer these types of programs and incentives. We are also pleased to report that our cost savings is greater than we had forecasted in the initial survey, and we are confident that we will pay off the financing provided by Excel to cover the upgrades earlier than planned.”


Through the CitySmart℠ Program, HSSD worked with Excel Energy Group, Inc., to survey district facilities for outdated, inefficient, or deteriorated lighting systems and technology. Under Excel’s Program, the District took no risk, put up zero money, and Excel provided a turnkey installation including 100% of the LED material and labor. Excel, in partnership with the District, secured the Entergy incentive moneys. Entergy’s City Smart program paid out more than $2.5 million in energy efficiency incentives, representing 20.5 million kWh saved in energy-efficient upgrades to 29 school districts and eight colleges and universities throughout Arkansas.

“When schools are struggling with inefficient lighting or inadequate heating and cooling systems, Entergy’s CitySmart incentives often can make the difference in whether an upgrade is possible,” said Gabe Munoz, manager of Energy Efficiency for Entergy Arkansas. “We offer incentives for implementing and installing a wide range of measures that can help lower the cost of electricity for these customers.” Learn more about Entergy-Arkansas, here.

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