SWEPCO helps Captain Shreve High School save through energy efficient lighting upgrades

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) has assisted with the installation of LED lighting inside the gymnasium of Captain Shreve High in Shreveport after working directly with students in the school’s engineering program.

The high school replaced 36 metal halide fixtures in the gym with new LED fixtures, which provide a more even distribution of light and brighter illumination.

The lighting upgrades, made possible through SWEPCO’s LA Commercial & Industrial Solutions Energy Efficiency Program, will use 70 percent less electricity than the former lights. This will save the school over 31,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. That is a savings of more electricity than is consumed by two average homes in the Shreveport area in an entire year.

This estimated annual energy savings could equal $2,400 in savings annually.

“I am always looking for opportunities for our students to make their learning real and relevant, so it was a natural fit to reach out to SWEPCO to see what partnerships were available for our engineering program.” said Ginger Gustavson, principal of Captain Shreve High School. “After an energy audit, we determined the gym would make the most impact, and save a considerable amount of money while making a huge difference for our school.”

The new lights have a life expectancy of 100,000 hours, which means there is no maintenance required by the Caddo Parish school for the next 15-20 years. Additionally, the lights can be turned on and off without the fifteen minute delay as required by the old technology.

“Saving energy and money makes Captain Shreve a good steward of both taxpayer dollars and of the environment,” said Jeff Thigpen, SWEPCO’s Louisiana consumer program coordinator. “Our team was honored to have worked with students to help them obtain a better understanding of energy efficiency and how it benefits the school.”

The Commercial & Industrial Solutions Program helps SWEPCO customers save energy and money by providing facility improvement recommendations and financial incentives based on the verified electric energy and demand savings. The completed upgrades will provide big energy savings for the school, while creating a more inviting environment for students and faculty. For detailed program information, visit SWEPCOgridSMART.com.

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SWEPCO Corporate Communications- Karen E. Wissing (318) 272-2984
Captain Shreve High School- Maria Edwards (318) 364-5576