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 interior CFL lights with high-efficiency intelligent LED (light-emitting diode) lights. Motion detection, daylight sensors and digital timers will be incorporated 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.

Zap Electric electrician working to replace CFL with LED lightsClaremont 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.

Zap Electric Inc. was awarded the bid for the work and started to replace nearly 2,300 light fixtures in May and is expected to reduce the lights wattage by 67%! Anticipated work completion is early September, 2018.

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

More information about this project will be posted as it becomes available. 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.