FOR RELEASE ON APRIL 16, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Drake N. Rice, Director of Member Services, 405/340-5047
Fairview Central Christian Church Receives $47,651.51 in Rebate Checks For Installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump System
On April 16th, Dale Sides, Fairview City Manager, and Tom Willis, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) Member Services Energy Engineer, presented rebate checks in the total amount of $47,651.51 for the installation of a ground source heat pump system at the Central Christian Church of Fairview, 223 East Broadway, to Pastor Rev. Ronnie Hopkins. Duane Smith, elder of the Christian Church, also attended the presentation.
The rebate checks in the amounts of $30,420.00 from OMPA’s Oklahoma Comfort Program (OCP), $3,063.51 from OMPA’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program (DEEP) and $14,168.00 from OMPA’s WISE Rebate Program, which was split between the city and OMPA, were presented on behalf of the City of Fairview and the OMPA Board of Directors.
According to Willis, “The installation of the ground source heat pump system replaces the church’s old HVAC and heating system. It is estimated that the new system will save the church over 91,000 kWh of electric energy annually and will eliminate their gas heating bills. Ground source heat pump systems help customers because they heat and cool homes and other buildings at the lowest operating costs. These systems help municipal electric utilities by adding winter load and reducing summertime peaks.”
He continued, “The load reduction of 27.85 kW from the installation of the system helps keep energy rates as low as possible for our member cities and delays the need to add additional OMPA generation capacity to the system. This allows member cities to hold the line on electric rates that are charged to their customers.” “It is a win-win situation for our cities and their electric customers,” added Willis.
DEEP assists OMPA’s 39 member cities with their qualified customers to reduce their electric service energy demands and costs. This program provides rebates to commercial and industrial customers that implement retrofits that reduce their demand at peak times. These projects include lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, commercial food service equipment, pumps and motors.
Using funds from the Stimulus State Energy Program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, OCP provides additional rebates of $1,000 per ton for the installation of ground source heat pump systems. OCP also provides energy audits for residential customers in member cities, and training for contractors. This is in addition to the $800 per ton rebate provided by the OMPA’s WISE Rebate Program, in participating cities. The objective of OMPA’s energy service’s rebate program is to assist participating member cities in encouraging customers to purchase and install energy-efficient air conditioners and electric heat pumps.
The funds available for approved projects are determined by the OMPA Board of Directors. Funding for individual projects is determined through the submission of detailed project plans. Applicants must be an electric customer of an OMPA member city. For more information on any of these energy-saving programs, contact the City of Fairview or visit the OMPA website at www.ompa.com.
OCP and this publication are financed in whole or in part by funds from the Stimulus State Energy Program (SSEP) as administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
OMPA is a state governmental agency created by the legislature to serve cities and towns that own and operate their electrical distribution systems and is governed by the members. The Authority presently serves 39 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma.