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For Immediate Release: January 8, 2013

LIPA’s Efficiency Long Island Program Helps South Huntington Schools Go Green and Save Money

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) in its continuing effort to help Long Island schools go green presented the South Huntington School District with a LIPA rebate for $591,610 after completing a major energy-efficient lighting project. The comprehensive energy efficiency measures implemented by contractor Ameresco included lighting retrofits and controls, HVAC upgrades and variable speed drives in ten buildings. This project will help the district significantly lower operating costs and save approximately $280,000 annually. Through these improvements, it is estimated that the South Huntington School District will save up to 1,564,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and reduce its peak electric demand by an estimated 759 kilowatts (kW), which is equivalent to removing 149 cars from the road each year. In addition, the district installed a 5 kW solar generator and received a LIPA rebate of $14,217 from the Solar Entrepreneur program.

From left to right:
Lawrence Light, Interim Business Administrator; Walter Hoefer, Director of Municipal & School District Programs, Efficiency and Renewables; Mike Deering, Vice President of Environmental Affairs; Jim Kaden, President, South Huntington Schools Board of Education; Dr. David Bennardo, Superintendent of Schools; Vince Crimi, Manager of Construction, Ameresco.

LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, owns the retail electric Transmission and Distribution System on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the 2nd largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, 3rd largest in terms of customers served and the 7th largest in terms of electricity delivered. In 2011, LIPA outperformed all other overhead electric utilities in New York State for frequency and duration of service interruptions. LIPA does not provide natural gas service or own any on-island generating assets. More information about LIPA can be found online at

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