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Lighting upgrade and rebate brightens Buckeye Central Schools


North Central Electric Cooperative Energy Services Advisor Andrew Finton helped New Washington’s Buckeye Central Local School District upgrade its lighting to the more efficient LED technology. Buckeye Central Maintenance Supervisor Jarrod Clady is leading the project. 

Lighting installations have been made in stages over the last three years, allowing Buckeye Central to reduce its lighting wattage and reduce energy costs. They next plan to upgrade their lighting in the vocational agriculture and industrial arts areas, plus the bus garage. “My plans are to keep going with this each year until Buckeye Central lighting 
is completely LED,” Clady said.

Superintendent Mark Robinson is proud of the progress made so far and is looking forward to taking advantage of the cooperative’s Commercial and Industrial lighting program to complete the school’s lighting upgrade project. “Our partnership with North Central Electric Cooperative has allowed us to remain on the cutting edge regarding the district’s lighting utility programming. The partnership initiatives make a positive and measurable impact community-wide within our student-centered school community,” Robinson said.
The cooperative and school district took advantage of a statewide rebate program available through Buckeye Power, NCE’s wholesale power supplier. Up to $15,000 per facility in rebates is available to commercial and industrial members who upgrade their lighting. 

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