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Among innovations that have helped keep the District’s operational costs low is investment in energy efficiency projects. Retrofits of existing buildings and energy-conscious design of new construction has netted more than $600,000 annually in energy cost savings over the past several years.

Click here to see data on our annual energy and cost savings and Energy Star ratings by building.

Solar Energy

We also achieved a major milestone in fall 2020 when we flipped the switch on the largest solar energy installation on school district property in the state of Illinois. With three large installations totaling 15,100 solar panels spread across our three campuses,

We expect this project to net a minimum of an additional $4.2 million in energy cost savings over the next 20 years.

Huntley 158 Green Updates

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Huntley 158 Selected to Participate in ComEd/Nicor Strategic Energy Management Program

Huntley 158 community, Over the past several years we have become a model among Illinois school districts for adopting sustainable practices and reducing energy usage. By doing so, we improve…


Huntley 158 Featured in District Administration Magazine for Energy Efficiency Efforts

Huntley 158 is featured in an article in District Administration magazine focusing on innovative techniques school districts across the country are using to reduce energy consumption and save money on utilities. The…

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Heineman Garden Designated a NWF-Certified Wildlife Habitat

The Heineman Middle School Ecology Club Garden has received designation as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. This distinction is awarded to gardens which meet the following criteria: 1)…


Six Huntley 158 Schools Receive Energy Star Certification

Six Huntley Community School District 158 buildings recently received ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program. The designation certifies that the buildings are among…

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Huntley 158 Energy Savings Highlighted in SEDAC Case Study

Huntley 158’s efforts to become more energy efficient, resulting in more than $660,000 in annual energy cost savings, have been highlighted by the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC). The…

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District Nets $400,000+ in Energy Efficiency Grants

Huntley Community School District 158 recently received a check for $283,466.30 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in support of the District’s recently completed project to install energy-efficient…