Prairie Farm Schools

Focus on Energy and Xcel Energy present Prairie Farm School District with $6,480 check for energy efficiency projects

July 23, 2014


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, along with Xcel Energy, recently presented the Prairie Farm School District with an incentive check for $6,480 following the completion of energy efficient upgrades by Meyers Electric Inc., including interior and exterior fixture replacements, occupancy sensors and new LED technology.

“At the School District of Prairie Farm, we are dedicated to maximizing our resources with energy conservation and cost containment by taking advantage of partnerships with Focus on Energy, Xcel Energy and Meyers Electric,” said Patrick Olson, District Administrator. “We feel these improvements will help our district be more effective and efficient as we continue to explore sustainable energy solutions.”

Farm School District participation in Focus on Energy will save them an estimated 100,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually and reduce the demand on the power grid during the peak summer months. The upgrades will reduce the school district’s energy bills by approximately $7,000 each year. The Prairie Farm School District took advantage of incentives through Focus On Energy’s Lighting programs, as well as cost savings of the new Exterior Lighting Optimization program, where Focus on Energy covers the labor costs of the participating trade ally for installation of cost-effective exterior lighting.

Not only do these upgrades save energy and money, they are also environmentally friendly. The annual environmental benefits are equivalent to offsetting 200 barrels of oil from being burned – eliminating more than 170,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

Bob Schultz, Xcel Energy community service manager, thanked Superintendent Olson and the school board for their commitment to energy efficiency. “The Prairie Farm School District is setting a great example for its students and the community by taking the initiative to learn about energy conservation and then to implement cost-saving improvements to its facility,” Schultz said. “These energy-saving measures not only reduce costs for the school district, but they will also have long-term environmental benefits by reducing power plant emissions.”

Focus on Energy can help businesses and residents across the state identify and evaluate energy-saving opportunities, provide specific recommendations, develop energy management plans, and arrange technical training opportunities about energy conservation. For more information, call 800.762.7077 or visit