Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji has been illuminating minds in northern Minnesota for more than 25 years. This year it completed an upgrade to lighting, replacing older T8 and T12 fluorescent lights with light-emitting diode (LED) technology.
“It’s great to see an organization dedicated to science take advantage of the latest in lighting technology by installing LEDs,” said Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Roger Garton. “Helping with the cost, the center received a $4,800 rebate from Otter Tail Power Company combined with a Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Seed Grant of $8,200.” The switch will save Headwaters Science Center an estimated $2,000 per year. The center also received an Otter Tail Power Company rebate in 2019 for its completion of several energy-saving upgrades—installing Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostats and new heating and cooling equipment.
“We’re very pleased with the installation of new lights,” said Headwaters Science Center Executive Director Lee Furuseth. “This project would not have occurred without the rebates from Otter Tail Power and the grant from CERTs. The lighting is a huge improvement, and we have reduced energy bills. We’re looking forward to telling this story to our guests and visitors through a new exhibit dedicated to lighting technology.”
Otter Tail Power Company provides rebates, grants, education, special programs, and financing to encourage individuals and businesses to use electricity wisely. To learn more about smart thermostat rebates, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, or other energy-saving options, visit otpco.com.
Photo caption: Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Roger Garton (center) presents a rebate check to Headwaters Science Center Volunteer Coordinator Ryan Kolka (left) and Headwaters Science Center Executive Director Lee Furuseth (right) for their recently completed lighting upgrade.