2016 Green Community Grant - Claremont/Woodland Academy School Lighting Project


The City of Worcester has been awarded a $248,849 Green Community grant in 2016 to complete an energy efficient LED lighting upgrade at a city school*. The award was one of 47 Green Communities Competitive Grants announced by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

The project involves replacing approximately 2,300 interior CFL lights with high-efficiency intelligent LED (light-emitting diode) lights. Motion detection, daylight sensors and digital timers will be incorporated into most fixtures to further reduce energy consumption. The lights will be controlled via a network and will be programmed to yield the most savings possible depending on room usage and the amount of natural light in each room. The project is expected to reduce the lights 'wattage by 67%!

Zap Electric electrician working to replace CFL with LED lightsLocation. Claremont Academy and Woodland Academy, are housed in the same building, which was constructed in 1999 and which makes up the 4th largest electrical consumer in the Worcester Public Schools system. In addition to the financial and environmental benefits from reduced electrical consumption, the project will also serve as a case study for future municipal lighting retrofit projects and provide educational opportunities regarding the benefits of more efficient lighting systems.

Project Team. The project is a collaboration by the City Energy & Asset Management Division, Worcester Public Schools’ Facilities Department and Zap Electric Inc., the electrical contractor that was awarded the bid. The work started in May and is almost complete as of end of August, 2018.

Funding. The $563,000 project is funded by a combination of the Green Community Grant (42%), MassSave incentives (27%), as well as on-bill-financing offered by National Grid to the Schools (31%).

For questions, please contact WorcesterEnergy@worcesterma.gov


Part of the project team (left to right): Sean Callahan from Ion Lighting Distribution, Mike Menard of Zap Electric, and Matthew Urban, Project Manager, City of Worcester.


*While the original project was planned for the Burncoat High School, it was later re-programmed to serve the Claremont Academy and Woodland Academy instead.