Aliquippa School District Invests in Energy Efficiency to Enhance ​
Learning Environment for Students, Staff

Partners with The Efficiency Network to make upgrades that will reduce district’s carbon footprint by 116 metric tonnes

June 7, 2023

PITTSBURGHThe Efficiency Network (TEN), a subsidiary of Duquesne Light Holdings (DLH), recently completed a series of projects for the Aliquippa School District in Beaver County that will provide a more sustainable learning environment for its students and staff. The district, which serves nearly 940 students in grades pre-K through 12, underwent several energy efficiency enhancements at its elementary and high schools, including Low-E energy-efficient windows; masonry repairs; refurbishment of the HVAC systems; and LED lighting upgrades.

These improvements will result in annual savings of nearly 164,000 kilowatt-hours and total cost savings of approximately $24,000. In addition, the upgrades will also reduce the district’s carbon footprint by 116 metric tonnes, equivalent to growing more than 1,900 tree seedlings for 10 years.

“Our partnership with Aliquippa School District is a great example of the positive impact we can have on our region by investing in energy efficiency upgrades. Providing a healthier environment for students and staff is an investment that will pay dividends for years to come,” said Troy Geanopulos, CEO of TEN. “We commend the district for committing to these critical improvements, which will create a cleaner, more sustainable learning environment while saving the district money.”

“Our district is committed to making improvements to our educational environment. It benefits our students and teachers to have fresher, cleaner air and better lighting,” said Dr. Phillip K. Woods, Aliquippa School District’s superintendent. “In addition to the improvements to our facilities, the district will also benefit from annual cost savings and extending the life our equipment. We enjoyed working with TEN to make this project a success.”

Last month, Geanopulos and Joe Statler, director of construction at TEN, presented the district with an Excellence in Energy award for their commitment to upgrading their facilities.

In 2022, TEN completed a similar project at Allegheny Traditional Academy in Pittsburgh’s North Side community. Those modernizations, which included new solar panels, retrofitted HVAC systems and LED lighting upgrades, resulted in a 31% reduction in the school’s annual kilowatt-hour usage for total annual energy cost savings of nearly $74,000. The project also reduced the school’s carbon footprint by 134 metric tonnes, equivalent to planting more than 2,000 trees.

TEN is also partnering with its sister organization Duquesne Light Company to replace nearly 60,000 streetlights across Allegheny and Beaver counties with smart LEDs over the next four to five years, as well as working with local municipalities to enhance safety and environmental awareness.

About The Efficiency Network

The Efficiency Network (TEN) is an independent energy services company that provides energy projects to government, K-12, higher education, health care and commercial customers. TEN is part of the Duquesne Light Holdings family of companies.

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