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Posted on: September 30, 2015

[ARCHIVED] School Receives $48,000 Energy Efficiency Rebate

School Receives $48,000 Energy Efficiency Rebate

Pierre, S.D. –The Pierre School District used energy efficient technologies to build its newest school, and as a result the City of Pierre recently cut it a check for more than $48,000.

The City of Pierre Electric Utility partners with Missouri River Energy Services to encourage the use of energy efficient systems through a program called Bright Energy Solutions. Bright Energy Solutions is a cash incentive program to help pay part of the cost to install or retrofit new energy efficient equipment.

The Pierre School District earned the $48,325 incentive for using energy saving systems when it built Kennedy Elementary School. The systems included ice-thermal storage, occupancy sensors, air-volume controllers and energy efficient heating and ventilation systems.

Brad Palmer, City of Pierre Utility Director says that in the long run energy efficient systems are a win for everyone.

“Energy efficient equipment generally costs more up front, but over the life-span of the systems the user will use less energy which requires our municipal utility to generate less energy and the customer to save money,” said Palmer. “Big picture, that means every municipal utility user benefits.”

Bright Energy Solutions also offers cash incentives for residential properties. Home owners can earn incentives by purchasing energy star rated appliances and installing programmable thermostats.

Between 2011 and 2014, the Bright Energy Solutions program resulted in more than $310,000 in rebates for Pierre home owners, renters, and businesses.

To learn how to earn a cash incentive or for more information on how to conserve energy, visit


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