Wisconsin Dells School District receives environmental stewardship award

Wisconsin Dells, WI., September 9, 2002 — The Wisconsin Dells School District announced that it has received the Environmental Stewardship Award (ESA) from Orion Lighting & Energy Services of Plymouth, WI.

In May, the Wisconsin Dells School District completed installation of its energy efficient lighting project at Neenah Creek Elementary, Spring Hill Middle and Elementary schools, Lake Delton Elementary, and also included Wisconsin Dells High School bus garage, shop area, and gymnasium.

The project is expected to pay for itself within five years, with three different utility companies, Adams Columbia Electric, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation, and Alliant Energy, providing financial rebates.

“Once we saw what Orion’s lighting could do, we realized that we could cut our energy costs and improve lighting at the same time,” according to Dennis Draper, Building and Grounds Supervisor for the Wisconsin Dells School District. “Since we completed this lighting project in May, I have received several compliments on the quantity and quality of light from the administrators, teachers and coaches.”

According to before and after light meter readings, the average amount of foot candles of light went up almost 80% in the Wisconsin Dells High School gym alone. The Orion Illuminator fixture has been specifically designed for use in high ceiling buildings like gymnasiums, auditoriums, and school garage and storage facilities.

Using a patented reflector system, the Illuminator uses 50% less electricity than the traditional industrial 400-watt fixtures, while producing over 50% more light. “We are delighted that the Wisconsin Dells School District has chosen Orion,” stated Neal Verfuerth, President of Orion. “and, they deserve to be recognized for their environmental contributions and cost control strategies.”

In the last year, Orion has received the prestigious Spirit of Ecology Award at the 32nd Annual Governor’s New Product Award Program for the Illuminator and the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award winner for the Emerging Growth category by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award. In addition, Orion was chosen as a “Success Story” for the 2002 Governor’s Summit on Capital.

Overall, the Wisconsin Dells School District will displace 394,039 Kilowatt hours of electrical usage annually, which is the equivalent of planting 72 acres of trees each year, removing 46 cars from the road each year, or saving 35,822 gallons of gasoline each year. “We are pleased to be recognized by Orion through its Environmental Stewardship Award for the positive environmental impact created by cutting our electricity consumption by 354,039 Kilowatts and the $25,000 plus annual energy savings.” said District Administrator Sally Sarnstrom.

“Equally important, the intangible benefits from Orion’s lighting include the chance for improved standardized test scores of students in classrooms using full spectrum lighting as reported in a recent California study. In addition, the new classroom lighting relieves Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) by cutting down on computer screen glare,” stated Ms. Sarnstrom.

“All of this, plus the Wisconsin Dells School System now has the ability to free up more available electricity capacity to fuel the rapid growth of the whole Wisconsin Dells area.” Orion’s President Neal Verfuerth will be presenting the Environmental Stewardship Award to the entire Wisconsin Dells School Board at 7:00 PM on Monday, September 16, 2002.

About Orion Orion Lighting and Energy Services has been in business since 1996. Orion is an “Independent Power Reducer,” or IPR, and an “energy services company,” (ESCO), who manufactures and markets several patented energy efficient lighting solutions for the schools, gymnasiums, manufacturing, warehousing, and commercial markets.

Orion provides capacity displacement solutions for supply side management, transmission management, and demand side management for the electricity industry. For more information call Stephen Heins, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 920-892-9340, ext. 226, e-mail address at sheins@orionlighting.com or access Orion’s Web site at www.orionligh ting.com.


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