Sustainability Pays

GA Power Rebate
From left, Darrell Snyder of Georgia Power, David Barnett and Mike Hollimon from Brenau, and Cathy Parker from Georgia Power celebrate Brenau’s ongoing effort to reduce electrical power consumption during a check presentation Friday, Feb. 13.

Georgia Power representatives Cathy Parker and Darrell Snyder presented  Brenau CFO David Barnett and Facilities Director Mike Hollimon with a rebate check of $3,142.20 for on-campus efforts to reduce energy consumption. This results from the university comprehensive, ongoing sustainability effort to reduce energy consumption that is spearheaded by the facilities and maintenance department under Hollimon’s leadership. Brenau qualified for this Georgia Power rebate and future rebates by replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lights.

Parker, who is key account manager at Georgia Power Company in Gainesville, said Hollimon’s efforts to reduce the consumption of electricity is “commendable and noteworthy.”

The replacement of lights with more energy-efficient options is a project that will take some time to fully achieve, but it is part of a larger effort that is already paying off in multiple ways, Barnett said. Brenau’s initiative to reduce its energy consumption also includes the project last summer to replace with a modern system an antiquated energy grid that had served the campus for decades and inclusion of more energy-efficient infrastructure in new construction and renovations.