Franklin School District receives $200K for energy upgrades

Monitor staff
Published: 1/11/2019 5:59:17 PM

Work the Franklin School District has done to make its schools more energy efficient is already paying off.

The district received two rebates totaling around $195,000 this month from Eversource Energy and Liberty Utilities for improvements on its fuel and electricity systems, Superintendent Dan LeGallo said.

The rebates come just months after the district invested $1.5 million in energy projects this summer. The district updated all three of its schools with LED lighting, new controls for their heating systems, high efficiency energy boilers and transformers, LeGallo said.

In addition to the rebates, the district will save $70,000 on fuel and electricity each year for the next 17 years, totaling $1.3 million, the superintendent said.

“The goal is to earn most of what we spent back,” LeGallo said.

LeGallo said the city of Franklin completed a similar initiative when they converted all of their streetlights to LED lighting a few years ago.

The Franklin School District has been looking for creative ways to save money. In recent years, the city has lost hundreds of thousands in adequacy and stabilization funds.

“The savings help us to try and preserve what we have,” LeGallo said. “We’re hoping the savings we get are more than our bond payment, so we can come out in the positive.”

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