Energy Rebates Begin to Flow

Left to right: Mr. Lawrence Light, Walter G. Hoefer, LIPA Director of Municipal & School Programs, Michael J. Deering, LIPA VP of Environmental Affairs, Jim Kaden, South Huntington BOE President, Dave Bennardo, South Huntington Superintendent, and Vince Crimi, Manager of Construction at Ameresco.
Left to right: Mr. Lawrence Light, Walter G. Hoefer, LIPA Director of Municipal & School Programs, Michael J. Deering, LIPA VP of Environmental Affairs, Jim Kaden, South Huntington BOE President, Dave Bennardo, South Huntington Superintendent, and Vince Crimi, Manager of Construction at Ameresco.

South Huntington School District’s Board of Education has always looked for ways to save on the district’s ever- increasing utility bills. In 2008 they hired ECG Engineering, LLC, to identify the district’s potential for an Energy Performance Contract. After a lengthy approval process in Albany, the district was ready to begin an $11 million energy efficiency contract that was intended to reduce energy usage by 34%. As the district’s energy consultant and engineer of record, ECG designed the project, oversaw the construction, and verified actual energy savings that were guaranteed by contract. The project was managed by Ameresco, Inc., and in 2011 work by local subcontractors began. The agreement, made with Ameresco, Inc., of Newburgh, NY, is estimated to save the district more than $15 million over the next 18 years, and, more importantly, the money saved on energy costs, plus State Aid, will actually pay for the new equipment and its installation.

At the recent PTA Council meeting, representatives from LIPA were on hand to deliver to the district the first rebate check as part of the District Energy Performance Improvement Contract. “The district’s energy conservation is beginning to pay off, not only in reduced energy needs, but also in the form of rebates for the improvements made throughout the district,” said South Huntington’s interim business administrator, Mr. Lawrence Light. “I want to also acknowledge ECG and Amerisco, two important entities who were invaluable in helping the district achieve this energy-saving project.”

Michael J. Deering, VP of Environmental Affairs for LIPA, presented the check to Board of Education President Mr. Jim Kaden and school officials. “I want to commend the leadership of the school board and school officials for embarking on energy efficiency,” said Deering. “The investments you have made in your buildings will bring about approximately $280,000 annually in savings on electricity alone. In addition, this check today for close to $606,000 is a rebate on the improvement you have made with clean energy technology.” In addition to the LIPA rebates, the District will see an additional $273,000 in rebates from National Grid, for a total of $879,000 in utility rebates monies received.