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WASD Receives nearly $90,000 Incentive For Energy Improvements
WASD Receives nearly $90,000 Incentive For Energy Improvements
Grace Jakubos
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Waupun Area School District Receives nearly $90,000 Incentive For Energy Improvements

Energy-saving improvements to lighting, heating and cooling systems at all district schools have earned the Waupun Area School District a $65,377 incentive from Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program, made possible by Alliant Energy and Waupun Utilities,  and a matching Incentive from WPPI Energy of $23,817. The district’s participation in the program will be recognized during a ceremony on February 11, 2019.

”These improvements will help the district save money on energy costs for years to come and helps to make our buildings comfortable during inclement weather conditions,” said District Administrator Steven Hill. The annual savings on utility costs is estimated to be $78,000. Projections show we will save 847,000 kilowatt hours of electricity and 20,500 therms of natural gas each year.

The improvements were made at the same time that the district was working on projects that were part of a $36 million building plan approved by voters in November 2016. The $90,000 incentive will be used to fund projects consistent with the building plan’s original purposes such as building improvements, furnishings or equipment.

Lighting improvements were made at all district school buildings in classrooms and office areas. Waupun Junior/Senior High School also received lighting upgrades in the gymnasium, locker rooms and the newly constructed greenhouse and Tech Ed Center. Upgraded HVAC units and controls were installed at Meadowview, Rock River and SAGES schools as well as efficient heating and cooling systems being installed in the new greenhouse and Tech Ed Center at the Junior/Senior High School.

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin Utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. The program’s information, resources and incentives help implement energy saving and renewable resource efforts that would otherwise not be completed.

WPPI is a regional power company serving 51 locally owned, not-for-profit electric utilities, such as Waupun Utilities.  Through WPPI Energy, these public power utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity.

Alliant Energy is an energy-services provider with utility subsidiaries serving approximately 960,000 electric and 410,000 natural gas customers.