TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls School District has earned a $97,237.15 check from Idaho Power for the construction of the South Hills Middle School. The school uses energy-efficient equipment and strategies that will provide 459,752 kilowatt-hours in energy savings each year. That’s enough energy to provide power for about 40 average homes annually and save $34,000 a year on electric bills.
Some measures the district received incentives for include: interior and exterior light-load reduction; occupancy sensors; efficient heating and air-conditioning units; a reflective roof treatment; an energy management control system; efficient laundry machines and efficient dishwashers.
Additionally, the district received incentives in 2016 for energy-efficient upgrades at Pillar Falls and Rock Creek Elementary schools — for $44,104.95 and $44,877.30 respectively. The Pillar Falls project provides 208,473 kWh in energy savings each year. The Rock Creek upgrades bring 207,531 kWh in energy savings each year. Each project will save enough energy to provide power for about 17 average homes annually and save $15,000 a year on electric bills.