Posted Date: 02/11/2019
LA JOYA ISD RECEIVES INCENTIVE CHECK FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The La Joya Independent School District was presented with an incentive check for $133,590 at their February board meeting. The district earned the incentive money through its participation in the AEP Texas SCORE® Program, a no-cost program that provides technical and financial support to help schools identify and implement projects that reduce energy usage.
During 2018, La Joya ISD worked with the AEP Texas SCORE Program to install high-efficiency LED lighting in academic and administrative buildings and outdoor spaces. In total, the lighting upgrades incentivized by AEP Texas are estimated to save 3,830,280kilowatt-hours of energy annually. According to the US EPA, this is equivalent to reducing the carbon dioxide emissions of 304,781 gallons of gasoline into the environment. La Joya ISD selected Performance Services, an engineering company specializing in the construction and renovation of buildings to optimize energy usage, to complete the lighting project.
“The AEP Texas SCORE program helped us identify and make these energy-saving upgrades. The improvements are making learning conditions better, saving the district money, and contributing to a cleaner environment. Those are things we can all be proud of,” said Dr. Alda T. Benavides, La Joya ISD Superintendent. The incentivized energy-saving improvements will save an estimated $344,725 annually in energy costs.
“It’s never been more important for schools to take positive steps to be efficient with their energy use. The AEP SCORE program is an organized effort to help Texas schools in this area, so that their resources can go further,” said AEP Senior EE & Consumer Program Coordinator Monica Craig.