Mosinee School District recognized for reducing energy waste
For the Wausau Times
MOSINEE – Focus on Energy recently honored the Mosinee School District with a 2020 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award for its dedication to reducing energy waste across its buildings. The school district was presented with the Excellence Award at a recent school board meeting.
The Excellence Awards recognized program participants who have shown a commitment to leading in energy efficiency. In partnership with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and Nexus Solutions, Mosinee School District has made energy-saving improvements to each of its three school locations totaling more than 438,000 square feet.
“These investments are impactful in the long and short term by reducing the school district’s energy bills and providing jobs for the installers, while also improving air quality and comfort levels for students,” said Commissioner Tyler Huebner from the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin, who presented the award to Mosinee School District. “We hope that other school districts look to you as a great example of what a commitment to efficiency can look like in the State of Wisconsin.”
“The district has taken strides to remain proactive about the efficiency and energy savings of its facilities. Also presented at the Board meeting was an incentive check from Focus on Energy for $185,000, which helps offset the cost of the more-efficient equipment upgrades after completing energy-reducing projects,” a Focus on Energy release said.
These projects included: upgrading HVAC measures containing builder updates; installing electronically commutated motors; adding variable frequency drives to help regulate energy use in its buildings; and lighting measure upgrades, including new LED fixtures, LED lamps, and lighting controls.
“The really nice thing is that we upgraded so many areas that we’re going to be expensed less in one fashion or another,” said Steve Kaiser from Mosinee School District. “Partnering with Focus on Energy and getting paid back some of that is a win for everybody.”