The idea is to promote energy efficient lighting upgrades in public and private schools across New Jersey.  The Christie Administration has launched a new initiative which would do just that.  A total of $6 million has been allocated to pay project costs, which will be available to participants on a first come, first served basis.

New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities Schools Lighting Initiative allows for the replacement of T-12 fixtures in K-12 classrooms with T-8 and T-5 energy efficient lighting.  The upgrades to high efficiency lighting will reduce operating costs and help lower carbon dioxide emissions.  The incentives, which are provided through New Jersey's Clean Energy Program, will cover the entire costs of the upgrades.

All public and private K-12 schools in New Jersey that contribute to the Societal Benefits Charge are eligible to participate.  Incentives range from $100 to $500 per fixture.

"Lighting efficiency was not a priority when most schools were designed.  On average, lighting represents more than 30 percent of a school's electricity usage, making it an ideal choice for efficiency improvements," said NJBPU President Bob Hanna.  "Proper lighting can have a dramatic effect on learning and overall well-being in the classroom, while at the same time advancing Governor Christie's Energy Master Plan energy conservation goals."

School administrators interested in participating can find additional information here.