WCSD Earns Substantial Financial Rebates from NV Energy: District uses energy efficient projects to save taxpayer funds

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell




  WCSD Earns Substantial Financial Rebates from NV Energy


District uses energy efficient projects to save taxpayer funds


Reno, NV (February 10, 2020) – The Washoe County School District (WCSD) will be awarded a rebate for nearly $234,000 from NV Energy, representing the rebates earned through energy efficiency projects over the past school year.


NV Energy will present a check to the District during the public meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, February 11. The money will be used to support more energy efficiency projects in the District.


“We are committed to using our taxpayer dollars in the most effective ways possible, and energy efficiency is a large part of that commitment,” said WCSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “In buildings across our District, we have installed solar panels, energy efficient lighting, and conducted maintenance projects that reduce our costs and save the District significant amounts of money. I’m proud of our staff members who have worked so hard to implement these programs as part of our continuing commitment to use our public funds wisely.”


“Energy efficiency projects not only help the bottom line by reducing utility costs, but they also improve the learning environment,” said Dr. Jason Geddes, energy conservation & sustainability program coordinator for WCSD. “These projects ensure that all classrooms in the District have state of the art lighting and improved student and teacher comfort.”


This rebate check is just part of a total of $600,000 in rebates that WCSD is receiving for comprehensive facility improvements in lighting and thermostats at every District building. Between October 2018 and July 2020, every bulb in every building (97,580 lightbulbs) will have been replaced with more energy efficient LED light bulbs. These efficiencies save WCSD $2.3 million in operational costs each year and 13.6 million kilowatts of electricity.


“NV Energy is proud to partner with the Washoe County School District to help them achieve their sustainability goals by reducing energy usage through NV Energy PowerShift Services,” said Doug Cannon, President and Chief Executive Officer for NV Energy. “We look forward to continuing our long relationship with the Washoe County School District to find additional opportunities to reduce their energy costs so those financial resources can be used to provide a better education for the children and youth in our community and provide a brighter future for Nevada.”


Media Availability


What: Members of the media may visit Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages to see new, more efficient and cost-effective lighting systems and thermostats.


When: Tuesday, February 11

           11:30 a.m.


Where: Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages

             915 Lander St.



Who: Dr. Jason Geddes, Energy Conservation and Sustainability Program Coordinator for WCSD

         Adam Grant, NV Energy’s PowerShift Team



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