WANATAH | The recently replaced chiller system at Boone Grove High School is keeping staff and students comfortable. And, thanks to energy efficiency incentives offered through Kankakee Valley REMC, Porter Township Schools was able to update the system for less money, which should make local taxpayers feel more comfortable, too.
The chiller is at the heart of the school’s air conditioning system, cooling water that runs in pipes throughout the building and removing excess heat when that water is recirculated. The high school’s existing chiller was more than two decades old and ready for replacement.
That’s when Porter Township Schools learned about an incentive available to members of Kankakee Valley REMC. Offered by Wabash Valley Power, the organization that supplies wholesale electricity to the REMC, the PowerMoves program provides cash incentives to commercial and industrial facilities that replace older, less-efficient lighting and other equipment with higher-efficiency devices. The district learned that the new chiller qualified for a rebate of $10,356.50.
“We have been working to look at many different ways to become more efficient,” said Porter Township Schools Superintendent Dr. Stacey Schmidt. “When looking at our utility costs, the purchase of the new chiller was one way to save money on our utility bills with the increase in efficiency, and receiving a rebate is an additional benefit as it offsets the cost of the chiller so that we can make the most of every dollar of taxpayer support we receive.”
“Everybody benefits from improved energy efficiency,” said Kankakee Valley REMC CEO Dennis Weiss. “Members use less electricity, so their energy costs go down. Our co-op doesn’t have to purchase as much power, so power suppliers generate less and can put off building new plants, both of which are good for the environment. And in this case, local taxpayers will benefit, too.” Weiss added that the chiller was the largest energy-efficiency project by a member of the co-op.
In addition to chillers, PowerMoves incentives are available for compact fluorescent lamps, ceramic metal halide lamps, lighting occupancy sensors, linear fluorescent fixtures, LED lighting, and signs and signals. To learn more about PowerMoves incentives and the other ways in which Kankakee Valley REMC helps members become more energy-efficient, call (800) 552-2622.