(Ashland, ORE.) — New energy-efficient lights at Southern Oregon University were installed this fall thanks to $50,000 in federal funds awarded to SOU by the Oregon Department of Energy. The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awarded through the State Energy Program. These funds were designated for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in public buildings.
The funds were used to provide lighting retrofits, emergency exit sign upgrades, motion and photocell sensors, and miscellaneous equipment upgrades to reduce electricity and improve overall lighting in Taylor Hall, the Education and Psychology Building, and Central Hall.
“We are very grateful for the funds and were able to use our staff to perform most of the labor; thus allowing the available funds to be used on materials and further reduce our electrical consumption,” says SOU Facilities Management and Planning Director Drew Gilliland.
“We were pleased to make this award to Southern Oregon University,” said Paul Egbert, acting manager of the Oregon Department of Energy American Recovery and Reinvestment team. “Not only will students and staff enjoy a learning environment with better lighting, but the funds put local contractors to work.”