HOT SPRINGS – Black Hills Energy-SD Electric presented the Hot Springs School District with a rebate check for $42,260 for retrofitting 11 of their buildings with more efficient LED lighting. The rebate was provided as part of Black Hills Energy’s Commercial Custom Energy Efficiency Program, which offers rebates to businesses for implementing energy efficiency measures.
Don Martinez, Black Hills Energy, Electrical Engineer, said, “Being able to help our Key Account customers save money and energy is ideal. We enjoy being able to provide rebates to help them achieve their energy savings goals.” It is estimated that the efficiency measures will save the School District $25,000 in electricity each year and save tremendously in maintenance time and costs.
According to Superintendent Kevin Coles, everyone has commented on how bright everything appears and they have seen a noticeable difference in the room temperature of the computer lab. The students have reported less eye strain. They especially like the lights not flickering and making a buzzing noise. There will be no more pause during graduation ceremony as in the past when having to wait for the older lights to come back up to full brightness.
School board member Scott Thompson, said a parent once asked to him, “When did you get a new basketball court?” Thompson replied, “We didn’t; we just got better lighting.”