BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range Local K-12 campus continues to reap benefits two years after opening.
The district last week collected a rebate of nearly $28,000 from First Energy for energy efficiency at the campus.
The one-time rebate is a reflection of how much money the district saved over the past year.
According to Treasurer Jim Phillips, the rebate goes to the general fund. Although the district is encouraged to use it for energy conservation, the K-12 campus is already operating in a highly efficient manner, he noted.
Phillips said the rebate is part of a mercantile program through First Energy's Efficiency Compliance program made possible by an Ohio house bill that requires energy companies to offer such programs. Applications are made through the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).
"It's a nice sum of money that re-enforces our efforts to be green," Phillips said of the rebate.
"Thanks to First Energy for all the help they provided."
Opened in September 2010, the K-12 campus in March received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification recognizing that the district adhered to multiple factors affecting the health of the building and the students during the entire construction project of the K-12 campus, making energy efficient use of money.
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