School district continues powerful energy rebate partnership with FPL

The St. Lucie County School Board was presented a rebate check in the amount of nearly $680,000 at the February 11, 2014, business meeting from Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) as a result of completion and verification of chiller plant replacement projects at Port St. Lucie High School, Mariposa Elementary and Southern Oaks Middle School. The school district has partnered with FPL over several years on school energy upgrades that both reduce energy consumption and reduce the need for FPL to upgrade their systems or build new power plants. The rebate program covers thermal energy storage, demand control ventilation and replacement of more efficient equipment. Pictured, front row from left, are from FPL Major Accounts Manager Jim Albury, School Board chairman Debbie Hawley, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Executive Director Marty Sanders, Senior Project Manager John Gillette, and Amir Kazeminia, OCI Associates Inc., chiller plant design engineer and member of district’s Energy Advisory Team. Back row, from left, are school board member Troy Ingersoll, vice-chairman Dr. Donna Mills, and members Carol Hilson and Kathryn Hensley.