In 2008, the school district spent $5.6 million on energy (electric and gas) costs. This figure is declining dramatically as numerous energy-saving projects are implemented such as the newly installed Cree® exterior luminaires at seven district schools; General Stanford Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Lee Hall Elementary, Palmer Elementary, Crittenden Middle, Booker T. Washington Middle and Denbigh High.
Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) is the first district in the area with a significant LED luminaire installation. NNPS selected Cree Edge™ area luminaires to replace 189 existing high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting fixtures and about 150 incandescent fixtures at seven district schools.
Cree Edge™ parking structure luminaires brought dramatic results, delivering enhanced color quality, uniformity and optimized illumination performance.
The parking lots at the schools now meet the sustainable illumination requirements of each school while substantially reducing energy and maintenance-related costs for the district and taxpayers.