OTEC issues $8,400 rebate check

OTEC's Nancy Van Sickle, right, presents Liberty Foundation Board Co-Chair Dale Mammen and Executive Director Kelly Ducote with the rebate check.

OTEC’s Nancy Van Sickle, right, presents Liberty Foundation Board Co-Chair Dale Mammen and Executive Director Kelly Ducote with the rebate check.

The Liberty Theatre Foundation is thrilled to have installed its replica blade sign in November 2015. Just this week, Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative came to visit the Liberty in order to issue an $8,400 rebate check for the Foundation’s use to energy efficient LED light bulbs in the sign:

Members of the Foundation board have been in communication with OTEC for this program long before our sign was installed. The sign itself is an exciting symbol to our community that the theater is coming to life. Built and installed by Carlson Signs, it is a replica of the blade signed that was adorned to the theater’s facade in the 1930s. Its 414 1.4 watt LED bulbs estimated to save approximately $2,871.00 annually when compared with a 25 watt incandescent bulb.

We are so grateful for our community partners, like OTEC, who help move our restoration effort forward.

Read the full release from OTEC here:

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative delivers $8,400.00 rebate check to the Liberty Theatre Foundation.
Earlier this week, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative visited La Grande’s historic Liberty Theatre and presented an $8,400.00 lighting rebate check to the Liberty Theatre Foundation.
“Approximately, three years ago, in on-going support of the Liberty Theatre Foundation’s efforts to restore our iconic Liberty sign, OTEC and the Foundation began working together to determine the scale of the project,” said Dale Mammen, president of the Liberty Theatre Foundation Board of Directors. “We worked closely with OTEC Energy Program Representative, Nancy Van Sickle, and we were hopeful the newly constructed sign would qualify under the energy efficiency program.”
“There are a few different categories that lighting projects can fall into under OTEC’s energy efficiency rebate program,” said Van Sickle. “Once we had determined the sign was going to be an exterior new construction, it was one of the simplest rebate calculations I’ve ever done. Now the sign is up, the lighting rebate check is delivered and it is just amazing!”
Carlson Sign of Bend was contracted to reconstruct the Liberty sign which had originally been affixed to the building in October 1930. Three days before Thanksgiving, the 20-foot sign was trucked from Bend to La Grande and installed into its historic location.
The sign boasts an American bald eagle at the top with a wing span of nine feet, as well as, 414 1.4 watt LED bulbs estimated to save the theatre approximately $2,871.00 annually when compared with a 25 watt incandescent bulb. The theatre will instantly have a 10 kilowatt (kW) demand reduction with an initial rate of return of 68.7%. Additionally, since LED bulbs are more efficient and will not need to be changed out as often as a traditional incandescent bulb, operations and maintenance savings are expected to be $395 annually.
“It is always a great thing when OTEC has the occasion to partner with our community and community members to work on lighting efficiency projects in our service territory,” said Lara Petitclerc-Stokes, OTEC’s Manager of Communications and Government Affairs. “Our rebate incentive program has allowed OTEC several opportunities, most notably within Union County, to provide rebates and simultaneously reduce electrical demand for capacity with partners like Boise Cascade, Grande Ronde Hospital and the Elgin Opera House. It is wonderful that through the work of OTEC’s energy efficiency team we are now able to include the Liberty Theatre into this program.”

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