2016 Green Community Grant - Burncoat High School Lighting Project

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

The project will involve replacing interior lighting fixtures 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.

Burncoat High School is the fifth largest electrical consumer in the Worcester Public Schools system. An analysis of energy usage showed that lighting comprises 58% of the building's electrical load. The proposed project is estimated to reduce the school's electrical use by 28% and to save $37,000 annually in electricity costs. In addition to the financial and environmental benefits, the project will serve as a case study for future municipal lighting retrofit projects and provide educational opportunities regarding the benefits of more efficient lighting systems.

The lighting upgrade complements other sustainability measures implemented at Burncoat High School between 2012-2015, including installation of a 318 kW-DC solar canopy parking array, upgraded building controls, improved building insulation, new variable air volume handling units, installed computer power management system and water conservation measures.


Project Status:

  • October 28, 2016 - Contract awarded to RISE Engineering, a Division of Thielsch Engineering, Inc.
  • November, 2016 - Lights inventory and development of work scheduling by the contractor.

More information about this project will be posted as it becomes available. For any questions, please contact WorcesterEnergy@worcesterma.gov.