At the October 10, 2013 Vernonia School Board meeting, the Vernonia School District (VSD) was presented with a check for $ 95,000.
The check was for the outstanding energy efficiency measures that were incorporated into the new school building construction and comes from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) conservation and energy efficiency program that West Oregon Electric Cooperative (WOEC) participates in through PNGC Power.
“This is the same program that provides rebate money for our clothes washer rebates, weatherization like new windows & insulation, and commercial lighting projects,” said Sarah Rossi, WOEC’s Energy Efficiency Coordinator who has worked on the project for the last three years. “We have provided rebates for Jewell School and the Timber Fire Station for lighting projects and numerous residential members for clothes washers and weatherization rebates over the years. We also did a large low income housing weatherization project for 5 Rock Ranch in our Yamhill area of our service territory.”
Rossi says she started working with the school district from the beginning planning stages of the design for the new school, along with representatives from BPA, PNGC, and BPA Engineers specializing in energy efficiency, so that WOEC would be able to do everything they could to encourage the use of energy efficiency measures and help fund school operations through the BPA program.
“It took a full school year of occupation and operation for us to be able to do the measure and verification of the EE measures,” said Rossi. “The BPA engineers provided the expertise and completed the inspections and tests free of charge to the Co-op. Then we had all the reporting to do through BPA’s system to receive the EE incentive money for the school district, so that is why it took so long after the construction of the school for us to be able to present them with the check.”
According to Rossi WOEC was very pleased to be able to help the Vernonia School District and they enjoyed working on the project.