Weakley School Energy Efficiency Nets Rewards

Jim Crone, representing Trane, the school district’s energy performance contractor, traveled from Memphis to Greenfield’s School Library to present the news that Weakley County Schools’ energy-savings efforts had been rewarded with a $45,199 tax credit. Pictured are (from left) Jim Crone, Randy Frazier and Steve Vantrease.

Efforts last year to improve energy efficiency in Weakley County Schools netted almost $100,000 in savings, according to Director Randy Frazier. And on Tuesday night board members received an additional reward in the form of a $45,199 check garnered from tax credits for energy savings programs.

Jim Crone, representing TRANE, the school district’s energy performance contractor, traveled from Memphis to Greenfield’s School Library to present the news and the federal money to the Weakley County School Board.

“This board sets the bar,” said Crone as he addressed the board and an audience that included Greenfield’s teachers and staff. “You simply set the bar, thank you.”

He praised the foresight of the group as he noted that, while he could have mailed the news, he wanted to present the check in person. He explained that the credit is based on the work completed in 2017 and offered an example of how switching to LED lights with a 10-year warranty means consuming 15-20 percent less energy than prior fluorescents.

Board Chair Steve Vantrease responded to Crone, “Thank you for bringing the program to us and helping us maximize the investment in Weakley County education.”

For more on the board meeting including approved policy changes see the Nov. 8 issue of the Weakley County Press. 

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