Socorro ISD saves Energy, Earns $61,000 Rebate in SCORE Program

The Socorro Independent School District continues to work with El Paso Electric to promote energy savings and efficiency through the company’s Schools Conserving Resources (SCORE) Program.

The district was presented a rebate check in the amount $61,116 at the regular June board meeting for using the SCORE Program during the 2015-2016 school year.

“By saving energy, money will go back to our facility programs and benefit our students and our staff,” said Tom Eyeington, chief operations officer for SISD.

SISD has been saving energy and receiving rebate checks annually since the program’s inception in 2008. Through SCORE, SISD has implemented energy efficiency projects totaling $223,150 in incentives and $494,392 in annual energy savings.

“Mr. Tom Eyeington and his crew have worked so well with us to install the energy efficiency measures,” said Desmond Mechucha, El Paso Electric energy efficiency program coordinator. “It has been a great partnership!”

The partnership allows Team SISD to provide no-cost building system analysis, technical recommendations and financial incentives based on the total amount of energy the district will save, according to El Paso Electric.

In 2015, the district saved 1,154,345 kilowatt hours (kWh), which is equal to electricity for 149 homes, removing 168 cars off the road, and abating CO2 emissions from 89,567 gallons of gasoline, according to El Paso Electric.

“Through the design of facilities and planning we can see how buildings offer natural resources to be sustainable and energy efficient,” Eyeington said.

As part of Bond 2011, the district upgraded numerous campuses with energy efficient HVAC systems and utilized high efficiency lighting in all projects.

“Not only did SISD upgrade their cooling system, but their new LED lighting will last thousands of hours longer than the old lighting,” Mechucha said. “The district will reap rewards of financial incentives and also will reduce the cost for maintenance and operations.”