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SHSU Receives Incentive Check For Energy Efficiency

March 29, 2011
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

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From left: Stan Foley, Entergy Representative; Sandra Gray, Campus Energy Manager; Doug Greening, Associate VP for Facilities Management


Sam Houston State University has been awarded an incentive check of $7,462 from Entergy Texas, Inc.’s Schools Conserving Resources (SCORE) Program for increasing the energy efficiency of the lighting and air conditioning systems in four campus buildings.

The no-cost SCORE Program provides technical and financial support to help schools and universities identify and implement energy efficiency upgrade projects.

The incentive was determined by the total amount of energy the university will save. The new, high efficiency systems will save more than 83,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to preventing the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 6,700 gallons of gasoline, according to Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

“It’s important that our university sets a positive example for our community, and reducing our energy use is a critical step,” said SHSU Energy Manager Sandra Gray. “In addition to the energy savings, our students and faculty will appreciate the better light quality and increased comfort in the buildings.”

In addition to financial incentives, the program provided no-cost technical assistance to ensure the university selected the appropriate high efficiency equipment. As part of its participation in the program, Sam Houston State University will continue to evaluate additional efficiency opportunities.

“We look forward to working with Entergy and the SCORE Program to identify ways to further reduce energy use,” said Gray. “Energy efficiency projects make sound financial sense, as the reduced energy use generally offsets the cost of the initial investment.”

“We identified a real need for an energy efficiency program that specifically targets educational institutions,” said Entergy Program Manager Kelley Carson. “This program is an organized effort to bring needed resources and energy efficiency to Texas.”


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