Thayer R-2 School District recently received a rebate of $10,700 from Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (HOEC), for its project to replace old light fixtures throughout it's school buildings.
Thayer Schools Superintendent Dan Chappell said the lighting project already was costing the district nothing out of pocket.
The loan for the project is to be repaid with energy savings with the new lights that were installed last month.
"This is just icing on the cake," he said of the unexpected rebate.
The rebate was funded by Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI) through a business rebate incentive designed to encourage and assist commercial entities to improve energy efficiency by investing in more efficient lighting.
The lighting program promotes investment in newer technology of lighting, such as florescent, high pressure sodium, metal halide lighting as well as LED exit signs.
The commercial lighting rebate incentive is a new addition to the Take Control and Save program that HOEC and AECI began in early 2008.
Take Control and Save is designed to help homeowners, businesses, and school systems become more energy efficient by taking control of their own energy consumption through investing in more efficient appliances, lighting and heating and air conditioning systems, according to an electric cooperative press release.