Johnson County Schools on Wednesday received about $125,000 in cash incentives from Kentucky Power after completing energy-saving projects, including lighting, heating and ventilation, and other improvements at seven schools.
The upgrades were installed in 2017 at schools throughout the county as part of a $5 million project. The school system earned a total of $125,620 last year. Just over $600 was awarded in February and just over $125,000 was awarded Wednesday.
Johnson County Schools Energy Manager Terry Salyer worked with Kentucky Power’s Commercial Incentive Prescriptive Custom Program to earn cash back for energy efficiency upgrades that were part of the project. The rebate program has since been discontinued by the Kentucky Public Service Commission to reduce monthly surcharges paid by Kentucky Power customers to support the program.
“These improvements will save Johnson County Schools in the neighborhood of $300,000 a year,” Salyer said. “We will see a return on our investment in only eight years.”
E.J. Clayton, who led Kentucky Power’s energy efficiency and consumer programs manager until they were recently discontinues, said improvement projects like the ones in Johnson County help customer save money and energy.
“When government agencies or schools like Johnson County schools reduce energy consumption, the money saved can be invested elsewhere,” Clayton said.
Johnson County’s improvements included the installation of energy efficiency lights, new heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, energy efficient kitchen appliances and other upgrades.
Kentucky Power, with headquarters in Ashland, Ky., provides service to about 168,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties, including Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Rowan. Kentucky Power is an operating company in the AEP system, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S.