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Building Efficiency Earns Electricity Incentive for West Ada School District

 Hillsdale Elementary School

April 11, 2017 – Idaho Power Regional Customer Relations Manager Layne Dodson will deliver a $50,670.65 incentive check to West Ada School District’s School Board Trustee Mike Vuittonet and Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Ranells on Wednesday, April 12 in a special gathering. The check, from the utility’s Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program, is issued to the school district for energy saving measures implemented at the new Hillsdale Elementary School, opened at the start of this school year.


“The school district spends a great deal of money on electricity and gas, and these energy efficient measures save general fund dollars that may be spent elsewhere,” Assistant Superintendent Joe Yochum explained. “The incentive money is returned to the bond budget for use on other building projects.”


Energy saved with this new campus is enough to power approximately 16 homes, a savings of 200,943-kilowatt hours.


Hillsdale Elementary School Principal Khristie Bair shared of Hillsdale’s unique energy saving design, “Our school staff and students especially appreciate the wonderful lighting. You receive natural sunlight for almost all of the workday, which means we do not need to use lighting during the day in our main foyer or auditorium area.”


Hummel Architects worked on the Hillsdale Elementary School project and share the most remarkable energy saving measures in the school are high efficiency air conditioning units, evaporative cooled kitchen systems, and an energy management control system.


School Bond 2015 funded construction of Hillsdale Elementary School and Victory Middle School, relieving overcrowding at Mary McPherson and Siena elementary schools and Lake Hazel Middle School. West Ada School District received an $112,900.55 incentive check from Idaho Power in October for energy savings at Victory Middle School.