Uniondale, NY - June 27, 2016 - PSEG Long Island announced today the Farmingdale School District’s Board of Education is a recipient of a rebate of $323,185 for upgrading its facilities and participating in the PSEG Long Island Commercial Efficiency Program.
“Sponsoring programs that assist schools in achieving energy efficiency is just one way PSEG Long Island is building strong relationships with our local communities and working to maintain a high level of trust, understanding and service,” said Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewables, PSEG Long Island. “I commend Dr. John Lorentz and the Board for joining PSEG Long Island in helping to make Long Island a safer and cleaner environment for our next generation.”
Farmingdale School District upgraded the lighting system in classrooms, replacing more than 6,500 fluorescent lighting fixtures and incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient lighting and installing nearly 500 occupancy sensors. With lighting accounting for the largest portion of energy used in commercial buildings, typically around 25-30 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, it is estimated the Farmingdale School District will save more than 1,300,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) and $234,000 a year on their electric bill through these improvements.
"PSEG Long Island was wonderful to work with throughout this project,” said Paul Defendini, assistant superintendent for business, Farmingdale Union Free School District. “Not only were the savings meaningful to the taxpayers in the Farmingdale School District, but the simplicity of the filing process minimized additional administrative costs."
Independent annual evaluations by Opinion Dynamics Corporation have found PSEG Long Island’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs to generate energy savings that are cost-effective. In their evaluation for 2014, Opinion Dynamics found that the PSEG Long Island Commercial Efficiency Program has a benefit/cost ratio of 3.2, which means that the program generated $3.20 in benefits to the utility and its customers for every $1.00 in costs to operate the program, including rebates.
For more information on PSEG Long Island’s available residential and commercial rebates and incentives, as well as energy saving tips, please visit here.
PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of approximately $10.4 billion.