DD2 receives $72k in energy-saving rebates

  • Friday, March 28, 2014

Monica Kreber/Journal Scene DD2 received a check worth more than $72k in rebates for saving energy within the district. Pictured from left are Chariwoman Gail Hughes, Mary Freibert, District Energy Manager; Lavita Harriford, SCE&G representative; Marcella Whitfield, ICF International, SCE&G EnergyWise Parter; and Superintendent Joe Pye.

Since mid-2012 Dorchester District Two has obtained a nearly 10-percent savings in energy consumption and more than $275,000 through cost savings and avoidance.

On March 24 DD2 was awarded for those efforts with a check for $75,292 from SCE&G. That amount represents the rebates resulting in the many energy-saving projects the school district has endured to save all that energy.

Two years ago DD2 hired Energy Manager Mary Joyce Freibert, who was tasked with implementing an energy-saving program for the district.

“Since her hire Mary Freibert has been diligently working to achieve the South Carolina mandated 20 percent reduction in energy usage,” said Director of Facilities Rick Roger during the board meeting.

Freibert developed multiple projects and implemented lighting upgrades throughout the district to conserve energy. These include:

• School wide lighting upgrades at Windsor Hill and Gregg Middle schools

• Upgrading from Metale Halide to high efficiency fluorescent fixtures in four middle school gyms – Alston, Dubose, Gregg and Oakbrook.

• Adding vending misers to all vending machines at the high schools

• Working with energy supplies to reduce rates at several schools

• Analyzing and selecting more efficient lamps for replacement throughout the district

• Selecting Led Exit signs to replace outdate existing signs

• Freibert also helps technicians select more efficient material and systems that need replacing to promote energy savings thereby saving the district operational funds.

These steps have so far produced a 9.6 percent reduction in energy usage, meaning the district is nearly halfway done with achieving the mandated 20 percent reduction in energy usage.

After Rogers gave the rundown of the district’s energy savings representatives from SCE&G and ICF presented a check in the amount of $75,292 to DD2.

Freibert said she is thrilled to have been a part of the energy reduction process for DD2.

“Our intentions are to continue to implement energy efficient projects as well as continue monitoring our utility rates and tightening the scheduling of events at schools,” she said.

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