IP UtiliNET Installing 24,000 LED Lights in Ware County Schools To Save Millions in Energy and Maintenance Costs

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IP UtiliNET, a next generation technologies firm specializing in environmentally friendly solutions, is partnering with the Ware County School System to retrofit all facilities with cost-efficient LED lighting. The Ware County School System expects to save millions of dollars over the nine-year span of the project by lowering electricity and maintenance costs, while the lights have an anticipated lifetime capacity of 15 to 20 years.

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The money we save with maintenance and reduced energy costs can be applied to continual improvement of the quality of education we provide to our students.
- Dr. Joseph C. Barrow, Jr., Ware County School System Superintendent.

IP UtiliNET, a next generation technologies firm specializing in environmentally friendly solutions, is partnering with the Ware County School System to retrofit all facilities with cost-efficient LED lighting. The lighting system will be purchased using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds with an anticipated return on investment of 1.6 years. The Ware County School System expects to save millions of dollars over the nine-year span of the project by lowering electricity and maintenance costs, while the lights have an anticipated lifetime capacity of 15 to 20 years.

The program includes the installation of approximately 24,000 LED lights in all Ware County school buildings, which is the largest known installation of its kind in K-12 school systems in the U.S. IP UtiliNET will partner with local contractors in Waycross to install and maintain the new system, which is expected to take six months to complete.

The school system conducted a six-month pilot program incorporating LED tube lighting in several conference rooms prior to reaching an agreement to install LED lights throughout the system.

“Making quality decisions for the Ware County School System begins with reducing operational expense. The money we save with maintenance and reduced energy costs can be applied to continual improvement of the quality of education we provide to our students as well as benefit the taxpayers who support our system,” said Dr. Joseph C. Barrow, Jr., Ware County School Superintendent. “This program is another milestone in our goal to build on the foundation of excellence we have established in Ware County.”

The use of LED lighting systems is gaining marketplace momentum as more organizations seek ways to reduce operational costs. Recent advancements such as diffuser lenses and reflectors have made LED lighting systems equal to or better than the luminescence found in fluorescent lighting, while offering greater electrical efficiency through the use of less wattage and a longer product life.

“Times have changed since the first light bulb was invented 200 years ago. Today, we are shifting to LED technology because it’s safer to use, reduces energy consumption costs, and the softer light from LEDs causes less eye strain than other lighting technologies,” said David Quinn, CEO and Managing Director of IP UtiliNET. “We are honored to be selected to partner with Dr. Barrow and the Ware County School System and believe the LED product solution will benefit the community for years to come.”

About IP UtiliNET
IP UtiliNET is an Atlanta based, veteran-owned professional services firm specializing in centrally managed communications, energy networks and security solutions. Offering site service solutions in 195 countries, IP UtiliNET partners with its clients to streamline operations, lower costs and enhance profitability for long-term environmental, social and financial benefit. Service offerings include Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) LANvisn™ single mode fiber networks, facial biometric security, sustainable and renewable energy including LED lighting systems, and technology lifecycle services. For more information about IP UtiliNET please visit our website at http://www.iputilinet.com.

About Ware County School System
Ware County School District, a public school system located in Waycross, Georgia, contains 10 individual schools pre-K through 12th grade and a 5,079 student population. Dr. Joseph C. Barrow, Jr., Ware County School System Superintendent, established the eight step model for student improvement among other initiatives and manages an annual budget of $44 million. In 2009, Ware County School System was awarded $7.9 million in grant funding via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was recognized recently by Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for the success of its Career Academy, also established in 2009. For information about the Ware County School System please visit: http://www.ware.k12.ga.us.

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